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Druids, revelers celebrate summer solstice at Stonehenge

Latter-day druids and late-night ravers flocked to Stonehenge late Wednesday, as thousands celebrated the summer solstice -- the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

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June 21, 2012: People gather at the Stonehenge monument in southern England, during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am. Beating drums latter-day druids and revelers flocked to Stonehenge through heavy rain to talk, dance and meditate as they waited for sunrise, which starts the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Stonehenge, on the Salisbury Plain about 90 miles southwest of London, was built over three phases between 3,000 B.C. and 1,600 B.C. It is one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions; more than 750,000 people visit every year.
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People gather during the summer solstice at Stonehenge, near Salisbury Thursday, June 21, 2012. Rain-sodden crowds welcomed a spectacularly rainy summer solstice at Stonehenge in true British fashion Thursday: With stoicism and wit. But through the wind and rain, drummers inside the ancient stone circle kept up their thumping rhythm, new age pagans kept up their chaotic dance, and visitors kept up their sense of humor. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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June 21, 2012: A druid, name not given, leaves the Stonehenge monument in southern England, during the summer solstice.
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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June 21, 2012: People gather at the Stonehenge monument in southern England, during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am.
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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June 21, 2012: A man blows a horn as people gather at the Stonehenge monument in southern England, during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am.
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June 21, 2012: A woman hugs a stone pillar at the Stonehenge monument during the summer solstice.
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June 21, 2012: Rain-sodden crowds welcomed a spectacularly rainy summer solstice at Stonehenge in true British fashion Thursday: With stoicism and wit.
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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June 21, 2012: A man playing an accordion beneath a costume of torn fabrics leaves the Stonehenge monument in southern England following the solstice festivities.
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

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June 21, 2012: A man playing an accordion beneath a costume of torn fabrics and a child leave the Stonehenge monument in southern England.
AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Druids, revelers celebrate summer solstice at Stonehenge

Latter-day druids and late-night ravers flocked to Stonehenge late Wednesday, as thousands celebrated the summer solstice -- the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

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