Thursday, June 21, 2007

Revelers Celebrate Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

New York Times:
STONEHENGE, England (AP) -- Druids, drummers, pagans and partygoers welcomed the sun Thursday as it rose above the prehistoric monument of Stonehenge on the longest day of the year -- the summer solstice.

Clad in antlers, black cloaks and oak leaves, a group of druids cheered and danced at the Heel stone -- a twisted, pockmarked pillar at the edge of Stonehenge.

''Happy solstice!'' said Laura Tungate, a 26-year-old financial adviser from Newcastle, who wore a giant rainbow sweater and offered hugs to smiling passers-by....

Jeanette Montesano, a 23-year-old recently graduated religion student from New York City and a self-described pagan, said she had been saving for a year to make it to Stonehenge, comparing the importance of the trip to the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.

''It's not the hajj, but it is (thousands of) people in a little circle. I wanted to experience something like that,'' she said.

I wonder where Jeanette got her degree. Perhaps she could do with an introduction to the newly knighted Salmon Rushdie. I think her date deserves informed consent...

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