Over 5000 gather at Stonehenge to celebrate Winter Solstice

Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom Published: Dec 21, 2016, 05:40 PM(IST)

People played musical instruments, while others sang and took photographs of the rising sun. Photograph:( Reuters )

Over five thousand pagans and druids got together  to celebrate the Winter Solstice at Britain's ancient Stonehenge monument on Wednesday.

The revellers watched the sun rise at 08:09 GMT, beginning the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

People played musical instruments, sang and took pictures of the rising sun.

Only under eight hours of sunlight will be there on Wednesday, English Heritage said, which protects the historical site.

A participant from South Africa said, "I am from South Africa, I came for the solstice, especially for the solstice. I am a Pagan, a witch and this is about the best place to be.".

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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