PHOTOS: Summer Solstice Marked With Fire, Magic, More

PHOTOS: Summer Solstice Marked With Fire, Magic & Yoga
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A reveler atop a horizontal block called a lintel welcomes the summer solstice sunrise at England's Stonehenge in 2006.

Aligned with the first rays of the summer solstice, the 5,000-year-old monument was likely a gathering site for longest-day celebrations—and still is.

The often raucous annual festival was banned in 1985 but restarted in 2000. The event now attracts roughly 25,000 people looking for a rare chance to touch the megaliths—though standing on top of them is decidedly against the rules.

(Related photos: "Stonehenge Was 'Domain of the Dead'" [May 29, 2008].)

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