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New agers gather at Stonehenge for summer solstice, sun shows up late

Around 18,000 neo-pagans, new agers and curious visitors gathered in heavy rain Tuesday morning to watch the sun rise over the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in southern England, the AP reported.

The celebrations are a modern twist on solstice celebrations that were a highlight of the pre-Christian calendar.

There were cheers as the sun finally broke through the clouds more than a couple of hours after sunrise.

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A druid plays a guitar during incantations at the summer solstice ceremony at Stonehenge on Salisbury plain in southern England on June 21. Stonehenge is a celebrated venue of festivities during the summer solstice - the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere - and it attracts thousands of revellers, spiritualists and tourists. Druids, a pagan religious order dating back to Celtic Britain, believe Stonehenge was a centre of spiritualism more than 2,000 years ago.

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Two druids walk across Salisbury Plain after celebrating the summer solstice ceremony.

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Revellers hug a stone during the summer solstice at Stonehenge.

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Revelers cheer and raise their faces skyward as the sun finally breaks through the clouds more than a couple of hours after sunrise during the summer solstice at Stonehenge.

Read a story from space.com: What you don't know about the summer solstice and watch the video below.

Thousands of revelers and druids spent the night at England's Stonehenge to watch the sun rise and mark the summer solstice. TODAY.com's Dara Brown reports.