English Heritage, the organization that manages the site, in Wiltshire, south-west of England, has said it will rather livestream the event, which is of spiritual importance to many pagans and Druids.
To announce the cancellation on social media last month, English Heritage said, “For everyone’s safety and well-being, we had to cancel this year of summer solstice celebrations at Stonehenge. We know what’s special about this opportunity for many of you, and we’re going to be free online livestreaming. ”
The organizers added that the decision was made to cancel the event, which will take place on or around June 21, after consultation with the emergency services, plus the Druid and pagan of the community.
A statement issued by English Heritage said the decision was made in accordance with the current ban on mass gatherings in the UK
Stonehenge has been inaccessible to the public since March 18.
Nichola Tasker, director of Stonehenge, said in a statement: “Given the untold number of major events around the world that have already been canceled through the summer, from Glastonbury to the Olympics at Oktoberfest, I doubt it will come as a huge surprise, but we know how much Summer Solstice at Stonehenge means to many people.
“We consulted widely on whether we could have proceeded safely and we dearly liked the host of the event, as per habit, but unfortunately, in the end, we feel that we have no other choice than cancel. ”
Stonehenge has been associated with the Northern Summer Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice since its inception.
Collection at the summer solstice site is an old tradition that thousands observe. About 10,000 people flock to the ancient site each year to mark the longest day of the year.
There are many theories about the purpose of Stonehenge – but the design of the mysterious circle of standing stones, some of which are 30 feet high, serves as proof of the dawn of astronomy.
At dawn, the sunrise appears behind one of the main stones, creating the illusion that the sun is balanced on the stone.
It is not the first time that the summer solstice has been in line beams. A Stonehenge Sky was launched last year to allow people to have their own “personal Stonehenge sunrise” experience all year round.