Last night brought the welcome return of Brighton’s annual Burning the Clocks procession/event, after a break over the last two years due to Covid. It was loud and joyful, as the short video above hopefully shows.
Burning the Clocks was conceived by, and is facilitated by, community arts charity Same Sky:
For two decades, Burning the Clocks has become a special date in Brighton’s calendar. Taking place on the winter solstice 21st December, this fantastical procession brings magic to the streets, with a stream of luminous lanterns and a spectacular 2,000-strong parade.
When the winter parade has wound its way to the beach, people pass their handmade paper and willow lanterns – filled symbolically with their hopes and dreams – into a blazing bonfire and prepare for the spectacular fire show and firework display.
Held on the shortest day (longest night) of the year, this growing tradition marks the passing of time by ‘burning the clocks’ and welcoming in the new sun. With over 20,000 spectators, this popular event turns the spotlight away from the more commercial side of Christmas and lights up the darkest of winter nights.
Burning the Clocks was created by Same Sky in 1994 as a way for the whole community to enjoy the festive season, regardless of faith or creed. Each year a new theme, related to the concept of time, is incorporated into the event to bring new and exciting elements.
Fantastical processions through the streets of your community are a wonderful thing, and every town should have one.