20121221是馬雅曆中的世界末日、天文曆中的冬至、以及Brighton曆中的Burning the Clocks日。
21.12.2012 is the end of the world on the Mayan calendar, winter solstice on a normal calendar, and Burning the Clocks day on Brighton’s calendar.
I don’t know how you treat the rumour that 12.21.2012 was the end of the world, but I liked to consider it true in some way.
Despite the fact that I’m an Aries, I don’t have enough courage to go my own way. I tend to follow the social expectations so that everybody would like and accept me. For this reason, I decided the prediction was going to come true to me.
Since the world was going to end anyway, there was nothing to lose to do anything. I went to anywhere the moment I wanted to go spontaneously, did things that I had been longing for, and spent money on things that could make me enjoy without thinking saving for a rainy day, since there’s not much time left. I have to admit that it was a kind of giving-up-on-life thought, but in return, I also got lots of wonderful experiences I hadn’t had imagined before.
The world didn’t end today, but most of my (dying) wishes have been accomplished; so now I can really die with no regrets 🙂
聖誕市集之旅是我最後一個願望，也是我的小我最後一個任性的要求，長久以來，第一次感到心平氣和，願意接受命運即將領我走上的道途，whatever it is。
The Christmas markets trip was my last wish; the last selfish request from my ego. After such a long time, I finally can accept my fate and the guidance of my higher self without murmur or bargaining.
20121221除了是傳說中的世界末日，也是每年都會有的冬至，這天是日照時間最短的一天，因此古代異教徒都會在這天有不同的慶祝儀式，例如我在維也納時，我的沙發主就告訴我他們以前這天會停工，在家煮大餐一起享用，迎接太陽回來，而多元的Brighton則在1993年不知怎麼的開始了第一場冬至遊行，命名為Burning the Clocks，此後就一路延續至今。
Apart from being the end-of-the-world legend, 21.12.2012 is also the winter solstice of this year, which had the shortest sunlight time of the year. Hundreds of years ago, pagans used to celebrate this date in various of ways, and that was long before the invention of Christmas. In 1993, people in Brighton somehow decided to celebrate winter solstice by a lantern parade and fireworks, and this event has been held every year since then.
整個Burning The Clocks是由一個叫Same Sky的藝術組織舉辦，由提燈籠遊行、放火燒大鐘，還有最後不能少的煙火秀組成。
Burning the Clocks event is organized by Same Sky, an art initiative, and is the combination of a parade consisting of lantern holders and Samba dancers, clock burning, and the last but not the least…a big firework show.
去旅行前曾經聽我前任host mother Emma提過，但我是在今天下午想趁著好天氣去逛一下街時(因為以為很快就會回家，所以根本穿不多)看到告示牌才發現的…當下決定機不可失，冒著被凍僵的命運也至少要看一下遊行，於是查了遊行時間與路線後就守株待兔等著欣賞啦!
Emma once told me about this event, but I didn’t know it was this evening till I went to the town center this afternoon. I decided immediately to stay there and watched the event, in spite of not wearing enough clothes.
The road sides were already crowded with audience by the time of 6:30, and with Samba music starting playing, here came the parade!!
It was not a dazzling or splendour parade. Most people held standard lanterns walking on the street, and only few of them carried special lanterns.
All the lanterns had white background, and the attendees were allowed to decorate the lanterns with black paper kirigami. In general, the attendees were little children with their parents and some students.
One thing couldn’t be missed in a parade is the dance. The parade was in carnival style, so both the music and dance were mostly Samba.
If you had watched a movie of crayon shin-chan talking about Samba, you would know that in that movie, people couldn’t help but shake their body when hearing Samba music. Well…that was my situation tonight. Somehow I lost all my shyness, and moved my body with the music all the way without noticing how others saw me, and I was so happy!
I followed right after the end of the parade to march to the end point of the parade.
穿梭在遊行隊伍中來到了Brighton Wheel旁邊，這邊的廣場上有一個大鐘，想必就是等下要被燃燒的主角；遊行隊伍陸續來到，圍觀民眾也越來越多，大鐘前的高台上還有好幾個舞者跳著嘉年華式的舞蹈…整個很有太陽劇團的fu 😛
The parade ended at the Brighton Wheel, and there was a big clock on the square, which was supposed to be burned down later. Beside the big clock, there were four high stages with carnival dancers performing…kind of like Cirque du Soleil 😛
時間一分一秒過去，終於，到了晚上八點…只見大鐘兩旁開始冒起濃煙，過一會兒兩邊立著的柱子一根根燃燒起來，最後終於燒到大鐘本身，這就是Burning the Clocks啊!!但…我還是不知道為什麼要燒鐘阿??
At 8 o’clock, smoke started to rise in front of the big clock, and the pillars aligned beside started to burn after few seconds. The big clock itself started to burn minutes later…so this is the Burning The Clocks!! However…I still don’t know why they burned the clock on winter solstice @@
Of course not…it was firework show time!! The fireworks today were nice, and many of them made us said “Wow~~" I had got some nice pictures too.
The final firework brightened the whole sky and put an perfect end to the event. Although I still don’t get what this event was about, it was a new and nice experience.
Then suddenly I recalled my blog about my CS hosts two days ago, in which I mentioned about my first CS host, who is passionate and lives everyday as if it was his last day, pursuing things he wants without hesitation, and I, on the contrary, was passive and won’t do anything particular even if today was my last day. I realized why I won’t change a thing on my last day now; that’s because I’ve already lived a colorful day everyday, hence I don’t need to make extra effort to live better at all!!
The world is still here after the fireworks had faded, and it’s a new start now. I expect myself to have a whole new life too 🙂