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Revelers mark summer solstice at Stonehenge
Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Stonehenge was the place to be during the summer solstice on June 20, as druids and ravers gathered to mark the beginning of the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

The festivities lasted all night and into the next morning, with revelers mingling with modern-day pagans despite the gloomy skies and threats of rain.

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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England. Cloudy skies and a Met Office weather warning for heavy rain meant the numbers of revelers who annually gather at the 5,000 year old stone circle to see the sunrise on the Summer Solstice was down on previous years.

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A man rests juggles as revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England. The solstice sunrise marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

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A reveler records Solstice celebrations on his laptop as they wait for the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

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Rollo Maughfling, the Archdruid of Glastonbury and Stonehenge conducts a Solstice celebration service for revelers as they wait for the midsummer sunrise at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man rests on an ancient stone as revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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Druid Arthur Uther Pendragon, conducts a Solstice celebration service for revelers as they wait for the midsummer sunrise at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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Gleu Sunpooja stands in front of Stonehenge as solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer sunrise at the megalithic monument on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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Solstice revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

(Matt Cardy - AFP/Getty Images)
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Georgina Kernnard smiles as she takes part in Solstice celebrations for the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

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A couple sleep as revelers celebrate the arrival of the midsummer dawn at the megalithic monument of Stonehenge on June 21, 2012 near Salisbury, England.

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