‘Strawberry‘ solstice a pagan delight on a moonlit night
Unfortunately, the lunar orb won’t turn bright red as its nickname suggests. Instead it comes from the Algonquin tribe who believed it signaled the beginning of strawberry picking season.
¿Saben qué ocurre hoy? Es el día más largo del año. ¡Es #Solsticio de #Verano! ¿Y saben dónde lo voy a celebrar? ¡En uno de los lugares más mágicos para esta ocasión!: ¡En #STONEHENGE! 35,000 personas que vienen de diferentes partes del mundo se congregarán para llenarse de #energía y disfrutar de la noche más corta con rituales y todo tipo de actividades. ¡MUCHA EMOCIÓN por disfrutar de este evento único! Foto: #NationalGeographic #stonehengesummersolstice #stonehenge2016 #solsticiodeverano #uk #england #inglaterra #roadtrip #london #solsticio2016 #stonehengesummersolstice2016
#sabiaque Hoje é o dia mais longo do ano! #Stonehenge, na Inglaterra, recebe todos os anos milhares de pessoas para assistirem ao #Solstício de Verão. Mas este ano há mais neste dia que durará 17 horas até o sol se pôr. E hoje há lua cheia! Algo, que segundo os especialistas, só acontece de 70 em 70 anos! Entre misticismos e maravilhas da natureza, o curioso neste dia é que a lua cheia de hoje é chamada #Lua #Morango. Lua Morango foi baptizada pelos nativo-americanos da América do Norte à lua cheia de Junho, porque representa a melhor altura para apanhar os morangos. #strawberrymoon
It's the Summer Solstice today. Here's an image found in the archive of a daybreak pilgrimage during the Summer Solstice of 1912. Much like the weather today it looks like it was wet and chilly day back then too! #summer #Britain #solstice #druidism #stonehenge #june #longest #day #1912 #historic #history #archive
Thousands of people around the world will celebrate at ancient stone circles and other structures built for the solstice by their pagan ancestors.
This year’s solstice can be celebrated from anywhere, but Stonehenge always attracts the most color on the day with hundreds expected Monday night.
Druids looking to pay tribute to the sun at the iconic site are faced - for the first time ever - with a £15 ($22) so-called ‘pay to pray’ parking fee.
Unfortunately for those who do manage to get to Stonehenge, the weather forecast is not looking favorable, with some rain and cloud to hide the sun from its worshippers.
Regardless of the weather, the atmosphere at the site will be worth the trip, as pagans arguably put on the best parties.
Across the Irish Sea, pagans will celebrate at temples older than Stonehenge including the Hill of Tara in county Meath, once the ancient seat of power on the island.
The site has been attended by pagans for thousands of years and this year, the celebrations are overlooked by local man JP Fay, who dons a cloak and staff when making offerings of food to his ancestors.
The nearby Sliabh na Cailleach (Hill of the Hags and Witches) will also host a drum session and procession at a "5,000-year-old megalithic sacred site."
Pagan monuments can be found around the globe, often accompanied by bonfires.
In Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Poland, the solstice is celebrated on Kupala Night on June 23, with Slavic rituals including jumping through bonfires in a test of bravery and faith.
In true pagan fashion, nude bathing can also be enjoyed - all in an effort to cleanse your sins.
In Spain, fire is also embraced during the celebration where revelers jump through flames to ward off witches in honor of Saint John the Baptist. That also takes place on June 23.
Bonfires will dot Alpine mountains to celebrate the solstice, with music and festivals to entertain revelers.