Just because Stonehenge is thousands and thousands of years old, it does not mean that it cannot adapt to the virtual age and this period of global confinement.
The ancient and mystical site generally hosts one of the most popular summer solstice celebrations in the world, drawing thousands of people on the longest day of the year to watch the sun rise behind the Heel Stone.
This year, the usual celebration will not be possible due to the global pandemic situation. That's why the English Heritage organization, which runs Stonehenge, is asking people not to visit the site and instead offering a live broadcast of the sunrise.
Nichola Tasker, director of Stonehenge, said: “We have consulted extensively as to whether we could have proceeded safely and would very much have liked to host the event as usual, but sadly in the end, we feel we have no choice but to cancel. We hope that our live broadcast will provide an alternative opportunity for people near and far to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming you all next year.”.
Midsummer at Stonehenge will be broadcast live on Sunday June 21 8:30 PM UTC, through the Facebook account ofEnglish Heritage.
The solstice is the time when the Earth crosses the point in its orbit that begins summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere.
While archaeologists agree that the site was built to honor the solstices, many believe that the structure's design aligns better with the winter solstice than the summer solstice, despite the popularity of the summer solstice.
The trilithons (the famous rock structures at Stonehenge that have two vertical stones with a horizontal stone on top of them) align more precisely with the mid-winter sunset than the famous Heel Stone with the mid-summer sunrise.