Burning of the Clocks
For me, one of the most exciting things about our city is its wealth of cultural diversity. The Burning of the Clocks festival and parade is a wonderful example. This celebration, of the end of winter and the beginning of the lenghthening of the days, is one that can be enjoyed by all regardless of faith or creed.
Burning the Clocks according to Same Sky the group which co-ordinates the event ‘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. No lantern is better for its purpose than any other, all are unique to the maker and precious but all are given up to be burnt to greet the lengthening days.’ You can read more about this fascinating festival on the Burning the Clocks website here
The parade, which normally attracts about 1,000 participants, and an average audience of 20,000 people from Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas, starts in central Brighton and ends at Madeira Drive.