Burning the Clocks
Winter Solstice is a special time in Brighton where the city celebrates each December 21st at the annual Burning the Clocks. The city’s inhabitants come out to welcome winter with a fireworks show and a procession of colorful costumes representing a different theme each year. Participants create lanterns made from all types of paper, which they then set aflame in a bonfire on the seafront after parading through the city. Live music accompanies the procession.
If you want to take part in the parade, you may do it. However, for this it is necessary to take courses in Brighton, where you will be taught to make paper lanterns. These courses make the festival safety, and people carry and burn their lanterns without incident.
Same Sky, an arts initiative first organized the event with Brighton Co-op. Brighton Co-op provided the finance for the firework display and Same Sky organized local schools producing the lanterns for the parade. They explain:
“Burning the Clocks is an antidote to the excesses of the commercial Christmas. People gather together to make paper and willow lanterns to carry through their city and burn on the beach as a token for the end of the year… The lantern makers become part of the show as they invest the lanterns with their wishes, hopes, and fears and then pass them into the fire”.
Same Sky are masters at creating new urban rituals.
The aim of the festival’s sponsors is the giving and sharing of thoughts and wishes putting them into a secular format that can be enjoyed by all regardless of faith or creed and creation of new urban rituals to replace traditional festivals to be new and non-superstitious.
Date: 21 DEC
Place: Madeira Drive,Brighton, UK