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June 23rd, 2005, 11:23 AM
Brooklyn Bridge

June 23rd, 2005, 04:46 PM
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice, what were the fireworks for?

June 24th, 2005, 06:45 AM
Do you have this in a higher resolution? It's a nice picture :)

June 24th, 2005, 08:49 AM
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice, what were the fireworks for?
Summer solstice.

Crowds Mark Summer Solstice at Stonehenge
By Associated Press
STONEHENGE, England -- Thousands of revelers gathered near Stonehenge early Tuesday to watch the sun peek above the ancient stone circle at the start of the summer solstice.

According to conservation group English Heritage, about 21,000 people, some of them self-styled druids, saw the sun rise at 4:58 a.m. local time as drummers beat out a welcome to the longest day in the northern hemisphere year.

"This was one of the best sunrises I've seen in a long time," said Mark Graham, a Druid member of the Order of Charnwood Grove who has been watching summer solstices since 1975.

The summer solstice was sacred to the pagan Britons who built Stonehenge thousands of years ago, long before Britain was Christianized. Modern Britons interested in reviving some pagan traditions gather at the site every year to mark the occasion, along with other partygoers and spectators.

"Here in the cold, northwestern part of Europe, it's something worth celebrating: when the sun shines," Graham said.

Stonehenge, 80 miles southwest of London, was opened to the public for the summer solstice in 2000, after being closed following violence between police and revelers in 1985.

Police reported a peaceful event this year, with just eight arrests, all of them for minor offenses.

Stonehenge -- the remnants of the last in a sequence of circular monuments built between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. -- is one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions and a spiritual home for thousands of druids and mystics.

Exactly how and why Stonehenge was built remains a mystery. Some experts believe it is aligned with the sun simply because its builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, while others believe the site was part of a huge astronomical calendar.