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Stonehenge is getting with the times: Livestreaming the summer solstice celebration for the first time ever

The Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument constructed between 3000 BC and 2000 BC, is being adapted to the virtual age and will live stream the summer solstice celebration for the first time ever. 

The summer solstice celebration at the ancient and mystical UNESCO World Heritage Site, which attracts thousands of people every year, will be live-streamed for the first time in 2020. 

Members of the druid and pagan community flock to this site on the longest day of the year to watch the sunrise behind the Heel Stone. Due the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebrations won’t be possible in person.

This year the English Heritage organization, which manages Stonehenge, is asking would-be travelers to the site to stay home and is instead offering a live stream of the sunrise. 

“We have consulted widely on whether we could have proceeded safely and we would have dearly liked to host the event as per usual, but sadly, in the end, we feel we have no choice but to cancel,” Nichola Tasker, director of Stonehenge, shared in a statement. 

“We hope that our [livestream] offers an alternative opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place as such a special time of year, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.”

Watch the live stream on June 21 on English Heritage’s social channels and share the experience from anywhere in the world. I will host a Facebook watch party for anyone interested; like and follow my page for updates.

English Heritage’s Social Channels:

Twitter: EnglishHeritage

Facebook: EnglishHeritage

Instagram: EnglishHeritage

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