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Yoga, dance greet summer solstice

  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes during the11th annual Solstice in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013. Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes during the11th annual Solstice in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiasts marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013. Yoga enthusiasts marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiasts marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013. Yoga enthusiasts marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday ter years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday ter years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday ter years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday ter years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday after years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday after years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday after years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday after years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • The sun rises marking the summer solstice Friday, June 21, 2013 to a crowd gathered at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge replica in Odessa, Texas. The solstice is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. A group of Presidio High students participating in an engineering camp at UTPB joined about 25 other early morning risers to view the sun as it peeked over the horizon before it disappeared behind clouds. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Mark Sterkel)

    The sun rises marking the summer solstice Friday, June 21, 2013 to a crowd gathered at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge replica in Odessa, Texas. The solstice is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. A group of Presidio High students participating in an engineering camp at UTPB joined about 25 other early morning risers to view the sun as it peeked over the horizon before it disappeared behind clouds. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Mark Sterkel)

  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013. Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013. Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes during the11th annual Solstice in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013. Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes during the11th annual Solstice in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

  • People dance during the summer solstice shortly after 04.52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of new agers and neo-pagans waited at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them. They danced and whooped in delight marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People dance during the summer solstice shortly after 04.52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of new agers and neo-pagans waited at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them. They danced and whooped in delight marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People dance during the summer solstice shortly after 04.52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of new agers and neo-pagans waited at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them. They danced and whooped in delight marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People dance during the summer solstice shortly after 04.52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of new agers and neo-pagans waited at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them. They danced and whooped in delight marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Following an annual all-night party, people rest during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Following an annual all-night party, people rest during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • Following an annual all-night party, people rest during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Following an annual all-night party, people rest during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People hold their hands up to feel the first rays of sun during a traditional Andean new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara Indians celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    People hold their hands up to feel the first rays of sun during a traditional Andean new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara Indians celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • People hold their hands up to feel the first rays of sun during a traditional Andean new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara Indians celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    People hold their hands up to feel the first rays of sun during a traditional Andean new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara Indians celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Aymara indigenous musicians play flutes and drums after the first rays of sun during a new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Aymara indigenous musicians play flutes and drums after the first rays of sun during a new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Aymara indigenous musicians play flutes and drums after the first rays of sun during a new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Aymara indigenous musicians play flutes and drums after the first rays of sun during a new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes during the11th annual Solstice in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiasts marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiasts marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday ter years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday ter years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday after years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • Anthony Marshall, center, in wheelchair, arrives at criminal court with his wife Charlene Marshall and attorneys, Friday, June 21, 2013 in New York. The 89-year-old heir convicted of helping himself to his mother Brooke Astor's fortune surrendered Friday after years of fighting his conviction to begin his prison term. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • People raise their hands in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 4:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • The sun rises marking the summer solstice Friday, June 21, 2013 to a crowd gathered at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge replica in Odessa, Texas. The solstice is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere. A group of Presidio High students participating in an engineering camp at UTPB joined about 25 other early morning risers to view the sun as it peeked over the horizon before it disappeared behind clouds. (AP Photo/Odessa American, Mark Sterkel)
  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • People practice yoga in New York's Times Square, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Yoga enthusiast marked the longest day of the year with five free "Mind Over Madness" yoga classes during the11th annual Solstice in Times Square. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
  • People dance during the summer solstice shortly after 04.52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of new agers and neo-pagans waited at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them. They danced and whooped in delight marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • People dance during the summer solstice shortly after 04.52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of new agers and neo-pagans waited at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them. They danced and whooped in delight marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • Following an annual all-night party, people rest during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • Following an annual all-night party, people rest during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
  • People hold their hands up to feel the first rays of sun during a traditional Andean new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara Indians celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • People hold their hands up to feel the first rays of sun during a traditional Andean new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara Indians celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • Aymara indigenous musicians play flutes and drums after the first rays of sun during a new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • Aymara indigenous musicians play flutes and drums after the first rays of sun during a new years' ritual at the ruins from the ancient civilization of Tiwanaku, in the highlands in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, Friday, June 21, 2013. Bolivia's Aymara celebrate the year 5,521 as well as the southern hemisphere's winter solstice, marking the start of a new agricultural cycle. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
  • People dance in celebration during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 am at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury, England, Friday, June 21, 2013. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of New Agers and neo-pagans danced and whooped in delight at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge, marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

People around the world were up at the crack of dawn yesterday to celebrate the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Thousands of people from the steel canyons of New York to the stone figures of England took part in solstice celebrations marking the beginning of summer, while south of the equator, celebrants marked the official start of winter.

In England, more than 20,000 people gathered to see in the dawn at Stonehenge, the police estimated. Although cloud cover prevented bright sunshine, a joyous spirit prevailed with music and dancing.

In New York City’s Times Square, more than 15,000 yoga enthusiasts signed up to roll out mats from 7:30 a.m., with classes going all day. “It’s a counterpoint to the other big solstice celebration, New Year’s Eve,” said Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance and co-founder of the event.

At America’s own version of Stonehenge – the Permian Basin replica in Odessa, Texas – a small group of high school students and about 25 other early risers got the chance to greet the sun. Other quirky American celebrations included a naked solstice festival bike ride in Seattle.

In Memphis, Tenn., summer weather was right on time. The Shelby County Health Department had to put out a caution yesterday reminding residents to take care in the heat. The National Weather Service office in Memphis said heat indexes in the mid-90s are anticipated into next week.

Yesterday was the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere, and also New Year’s Day for the indigenous Aymara people of the highlands of Bolivia. Musicians played flutes and drums during a winter solstice ritual as the first rays of sun hit the ruins of the ancient city Tiwanaku.

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