More than 5,000 people gathered at Stonehenge to mark the winter solstice in England today. The attendance, noted BBC News, was equivalent to five times the number that turned out last year.
Revellers said this year's solstice coincided with the 5,125-year long count cycle of the Mayan calendar, which some people believe indicates the end of the world.
The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year in the norther hesmiphere. The solstice is the only time people are allowed inside stonehenge's circle of stones.
"It is absolutely packed. People are cheering and chanting and everybody was looking towards the sun for that special moment," said BBC reporter Annie Weston.
"There are flags flying, druids here too and people of various religions and faiths."