We have been through a pandemic and violent protest. The world has turned into a big mess. People don’t really have time to enjoy the little things. Although things will never be the same, Stonehenge has something great for us all.
On the longest day of the year, Stonehenge will host an incredible summer solstice celebration and there will be a livestream of the event. Thousands of visitors enjoy the celebration, and this time they will be able to enjoy a different moment.
On the first summer day, the Sun climbs on the horizon on the solstice and lines up with Stonehenge. According to history, the stone structure had an important role in druid solstice celebrations.
Sadly, people won’t be able to visit the spot this year. The English Heritage organization asked visitors to skip the visit this season. However, they do invited everyone to watch the livestream of the sunrise on Sunday morning, June 21, on their social media.
You can watch the sunset on Saturday, June 20 at 20:26 GMT (21:26 BST) and the sunrise on Sunday, June 21 at 03:52 GMT (04:52 BST).
“We have consulted widely on whether we could have proceeded safely and we would have dearly liked to host the event as per usual, but sadly, in the end, we feel we have no choice but to cancel,”
Nichola Tasker, director of Stonehenge said.
“We hope that our live stream offers an alternative opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.”
“We can’t welcome you in person this year because of the measures in place to combat coronavirus – but our live coverage of sunset and sunrise means you won’t miss a moment of this special occasion,” the official statement reads.
“Our cameras will capture the best views of Stonehenge, allowing you to connect with this spiritual place from the comfort of your own home. Please, to help keep everyone safe, do not travel to Stonehenge for summer solstice this year. We look forward to welcoming you in person at next year’s event.”
This is the perfect way to do things differently. We’ve been waiting for something like this, and the livestream will sure bring us joy. Don’t miss the sunrise!