The Winter Solstice

There was once a time when you could plan and make a visit to the famous Stonehenge and see the winter solstice. Today, however, the circumstances have changed and with the new normal, we should all accept virtual and remote working. This includes the winter solstice as well. 

The Stonehenge is still an excessive archeological enigma, but what is certain is that this enigmatic place is a prime location for looking at the sunrise and sunset during the winter solstice. Though people frequently gather at Stonehenge on Dec. 21, English Heritage, the charity in charge of caring for this historic site has asked them to stay home and watch the solstice online.

English Heritage stated that “To make sure public health is considered in any event, there will be no winter solstice gathering at Stonehenge this year. Instead, the winter solstice sunrise will be live-streamed from the stones on the morning of 21 December. Those who are interested and have been waiting for this day to come could easily watch it on the English Heritage social media channels for free.”

As this live stream took place many people got to watch it. The winter solstice had observers more than any year and the mythical atmosphere was shared with others. The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year. Something like the Eve of Yalda in Iran and other Persian countries. Historians and archeologists believe that one of the significances of Stonehenge is the direct link between how the stones are put together and tracking annual solar cycles. The stones are set up in a way that perfectly frames the sun on at least two occasions every year: the winter and summer solstices. 

This is why it is one of the most popular events and gathering spots in the world.