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The ancient Celts celebrated the summer and winter solstices when the day lengths reached their longest and shortest.
Their Celtic descendants hold a ceremony at the Australian Standing Stones on the solstice days at solar noon - when the sun is at its highest point in the sky.
The Australian Standing Stones Management Board chair and Guardians of the Stones preside. The ceremony begins at 11.30am with a piper. As the solar noon is reached a talk is given about how the stones measure solar noon.
The ceremony is held by one of the Stones whose shadow crosses markers at solar noon that show the solstices, equinoxes and months in between.
The Summer Solstice occurs in December when the Sun's track across the Australian sky reaches its highest point.
It is the day that has the most daylight hours of any in the year. In Australia the summer solstice usually occurs on 21 or 22 December.
The Winter Solstice is the day of the year that has the least daylight hours of any in the year and usually occurs on 21 or 22 June.
On the Winter solstice the sunrise enters the Circle through an avenue of Stones and lights the central Australis Stone, which is dedicated for all Celts.
At the solar noon markers, at the summer solstice the sun casts a shadow close to the stone; on the winter solstice the shadow stretches far from the stone.
In Britain, the Druids are thought to have practiced ritual celebrations during midsummer, with some believing these took place at Stonehenge.
The historical accuracy of this has become important to many Britons and tourists alike, who now gather at the ancient site to watch the sun rise.
In the southern hemisphere, celebrations are less common, except at The Australian Standing Stones, Glen Innes where the ancient Celtic culture is well and alive.
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