Still, I thought it was pretty brazen of them to be doing it in broad daylight and in the middle of a stone circle at Avebury, just down the road from Stonehenge.
|Stone circle at Avebury|
Dressed in cloaks and gathered around some stones they were pretty hard to miss. They obviously weren't going for subtlety here.
Shouldn't someone call the police?
|Avebury: popular with pagans|
A local news crew had even arrived on the scene to cover the ceremony. No doubt they thought this was going to be a much better story than the local flower show.
|The henge at Avebury: enjoyed by tourists and sheep alike|
Avebury is a neolithic henge monument consisting of three stone circles - including the largest stone circle in Europe. Constructed around 2,600BC, there's a large henge (which is a bank and ditch) with a large outer stone circle and two separate smaller stone circles inside.
|Stonehenge: Avebury's neolithic neighbour|
Believed to have been built for rituals and ceremonies, it seems not much has changed for Avebury. In fact, after more than 4,600 years, the rocks at Avebury have never been hotter.
|Avebury's sheep... or should that be pagan sheep?|
Because various pagan and druid groups want to perform ceremonies at the site, a rota has been established. This allows for groups like the Loyal Arthurian Warband, The Secular Order of Druids and the Glastonbury Order of Druids to use it on Saturdays, while the Druid Network and the British Druid Order go for Sundays.
Pagans are obviously a sharing bunch.
|Avebury contains that largest stone circle in Europe|
In many ways it's not such a subtle "borrowing" by Christianity, as the name "Easter" itself is derived from Eostre, the name of the Anglo-Saxon lunar goddess.
Two of Eostre's most important fertility symbols were the hare and egg - both available in chocolate and candy varieties for this weekend's Easter holiday.
|Thank pagans for Easter and Avebury|