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June 21st, 2011
11:38 AM ET

Partying at Stonehenge for the summer solstice:

Tuesday is the start of the summer solstice and at Stonehenge the party rages.
CNN's Kyra Phillips and Zain Verjee report.

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  4. Mark from Middle River

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  5. Mark from Middle River

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  6. mylifemyway

    TCS, you obviously need to pick up a book. It is the Christian holidays that have taken over the Pagan holidays... Atheists don't believe in god(s) so they don't have anything to do with your "watered down" holidays.

    June 22, 2011 at 10:22 pm |
  7. NickB5

    YAY!!!!! I was wondering if cnn's Belief Blog was going to cover the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge. 🙂

    June 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  8. Happy Hippie

    Are they dropping fry and xtc at this party, that's what I'd do to communicate with dieties.

    June 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Bjørn Møösefåartsniffænsen

      Dropping acid or getting lost in the k-hole is the whole point of neo-Paganism. It's kind of like Glastonbury withoout the great bands.

      June 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  9. fernace

    I was born in Sweden & for easter we also celebrated an old pagan tradition to dress up as witches & dance on Blakulla, the witches hill, by the light of the moon. Modern, adult revellers generally have music & dancing! It's usually the kids who dress up & go door to door asking for candy. Very similar to Halloween, or All Hallowed Eve, before people start in with the "that's to be expected from an agnostic country"! I was introduced to God & accepted Jesus as my personal savior, in Sweden, so we do have religion ,too.. I just find it curious that christians condemn pagans for stealing their holidays, when the opposite is actually true!

    June 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  10. HotAirAce

    The beliefs of the folks partying at StoneHedge are every bit as valid as those who believe in the more mainstream cults.

    June 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  11. Reality

    Mocking Wicca and Paganism?

    Mocking spells, curses, covens, black magic, witches, voodooing dolls, hoodooing the results, shadow books, maypoles,
    god(s) and goddess(es), Gerald Gardiner et al??

    Never!!!!

    June 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  12. Ron

    Personally, I see Stonehenge as being a sacred place. I'm really not keen on people partying there. Worshiping the Gods there, fine but no partying.
    I take my belief in the Goddess and God quite seriously but have encountered too many who like pretending to be Pagan so they can party or whatever else they want to do. Personally, I'd rather they simply be honest and do as they want, without harming themselves or others, and have a great time. Don't hide behind religion It's shallow and cheap.
    Besides, the place IS ancient and doesn't need people walking all over the place, bothering things.

    June 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  13. Doc Vestibule

    The Summer Solstice is one of the few big pagan celebrations that Christianity has yet to try and usurp for it's own purposes.
    Winter Soltice – Christmas
    Spring Equinox – Easter
    In the middle ages, they tried supplanting the autumnal equinox with Michaelmas (a celebration of the archangel Michael).

    June 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • TCS

      There are very few Christian celebrations that don't get watered down into stupid crap that is being led by atheists.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • John Richardson

      @TCS All Christians celebrations except Good Friday have pagan origins.

      June 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      I guess you never heard of St. John's eve. Not very big in the States, but used to be a big celebration in the British Isles up to the 1940s. Bonfires all over the place. Also, as it came only about 7 weeks after Beltain (May eve), all the ladies who wandered off in the bushes used to find themselves getting married that day for some unfathomable reason ; )

      June 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Which bits are being perverted by atheists?
      Egg decorating for easter? Pagan ritual which significantly pre-dates christianity.
      Christmas trees are also pagan in origin and were originally considered heretical by christians.

      June 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  14. John Richardson

    Neo-Pagans are kinda silly. But I'll take silly over grim and nasty any day.

    June 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • myweightinwords

      Some admittedly are silly. Others are very serious in their faith and their scholarship of not just the history of their faith, but history in general.

      I've never been a love and light new-agey sort of Pagan. I'm much more a practical, throw back to my ancestors sort of Pagan. I have Celtic and Native American family roots, an evidence of traditional religion in both traditions in my tree.

      June 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
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