Paganism is alive and well if not exactly flourishing in England.
A movement, perhaps started by Aleister Crowley , that has seen a revival of interest in neolithic religions as practiced in Great Britain. The trouble is of course very little is actually known of these religious practices, but this is a great advantage to the promoters of paganism as a religion who are free to recreate it as they like according to their own tastes.
Aleister Crowley himself, a man of many accomplishments, was noted for his hedonism, experimentation with drugs and bisexual promiscuity.
One thing that is known of neolithic religion is that the winter solstice was an important festival in its calender.
So modern pagans gather to celebrate this day. And an obvious place to hold this celebration is the best known neolithic monument in the world, Stonehenge.
So true to form about sixty pagans assembled at Stonehenge on the 21st of December dressed in an assortment of robes and adornments to perform their interpretation of the winter solstice pagan rites.
The only problem - Winter solstice falls on the 22nd of December this year. So they had come a day too early.
There is in fact one well documented practice surrounding the rituals performed during the winter solstice by some neolithic pagans. And that is Human Sacrifice. Fortunately, rumours to the contrary, modern day pagans so far have shown little inclination to revive this particular ritual.
And until they do its each to their own I guess.
The Guardian: Stonehenge ceremonies start early