- Winter solstice marks the start of longer daylight hours in the northern hemisphere
- Many people shared beautiful images of the sunrise at Stonehenge, UK, on social media
In the UK, hundreds of pagans, druids and revelers of from far and wide gathered at Stonehenge in Salisbury, UK, to witness the sun rising up over the horizon on the shortest day of the year.
The winter solstice is a special event in the pagan calendar, because -- according to the English Heritage charity which takes care of the sacred stones -- the mid winter sun sets perfectly between the two upright stones of the great trilithon.
Close to the sacred stones, people gathered with anticipation to watch the sunrise and many shared their pictures of the the annual moment.
For some the return of the sun marks a turning point.
The sun starts to breaks through the clouds.
And the sun finally lights up the skies. From now on, daylight hours will continue to get longer until the summer solstice in mid-June 2017.
The sun perfectly aligns between the the vertical sacred stones.