Pagans Celebrate Winter Solstice at Stonehenge on Wrong Day
A group of 300 pagans celebrated the winter solstice this year at Stonehenge on the wrong day.
The Telegraph reported:
A crowd of around 300 people, wearing traditional costume, met at the mystical stone circle on Monday morning to mark the rising of the sun on the shortest day of the year.
But unfortunately their calculations were slightly out meaning they had in fact arrived 24 hours prematurely.
The winter solstice occurs when the tilt of the earth’s axis is at its furthest from the sun – some 23 degrees 26 minutes off vertical – delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year.
While it more often than not falls on December 21, the exact time of the solstice varies each year.
The 2009 solstice fell at exactly 5.47pm yesterday, meaning because the sun had already set, the official celebrations should have took place at sunrise today.