This time of year also had much symbolism, with the change of the sun’s presence in the sky signifying concepts of birth and rebirth. Evidence from some places suggests that the celebrations saw connections and references to life-death-rebirth deities or “new-beginnings”, such as Hogmanay's redding, a New Year cleaning tradition.
Many things have changed since the days that Stonehenge was a part of life. Today at this time of year many of us look forward to celebrating Christmas, however many of the activities we indulge in, such as feasting, predate this festival and are likely to have their origins in solstice traditions.
In the UK Winter Solstice can still be celebrated at Stonehenge and the awe of how our ancestors reflected as the sun interacts with this World Heritage site. Find out more:
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