Brighton的二三事 – 世界末日、冬至與Burning the Clocks (Life in Brighton – The End of the World, Winter Solstice & Burning the Clocks)

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.

我不知道大家對20121221是世界末日的看法如何;當然,大家早就知道世界不可能滅亡,而在身心靈的領域中則把這天當成是一種能量場的轉折點,不論如何,這些日子來大家對於這個日期的討論沸沸揚揚,不管是認真也好,KUSO也罷,但在我心中的某個角落,的確是把這天視為真正的世界末日的。
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.

雖然是個牡羊座,我其實是個很不敢的人,總是按照社會的做事,希望大家喜歡自己,於是在得知20121221世界有可能滅亡後,不論這個說法是真是假,我都把他當成真的。
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.

既然世界要滅亡了,那麼我還有什麼不敢做的?想玩就去玩,反正以後也沒機會了;有什麼想做的事情、想去的地方心念一轉就行動,都死到臨頭了還猶豫什麼?一向很省錢的我也開始越來越敢花,讓自己更享受生活,不然過兩年留著那些錢也沒用。我承認…某種程度上是一種自暴自棄的揮霍生命,但也因此,我品嘗到了許多意想不到的體驗。
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.

世界並沒有滅亡,但我心中的願望卻已經差不多都達成,真的已經死而無憾了!
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.

相關的信息可以看wiki對Burning The Clocks的介紹
If you want to know more about the history of Burning the Clocks, check this out!

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.

傍晚六點半,街道兩旁擠滿了人群,森巴音樂開始響起,遊行隊伍出發囉!!
The road sides were already crowded with audience by the time of 6:30, and with Samba music starting playing, here came the parade!!

其實並不會很華麗,除了少數造型比較特殊的燈籠外,大部分都是事先報名的民眾舉著制式的燈籠掃街。
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.

燈籠是白底,而民眾可以用黑紙在燈籠上做些造型變化,可以想見有八成都是爸媽帶著小朋友參加。
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.

為遊行加分的當然就是穿插其中的舞蹈了,因為採用嘉年華形式,所以音樂跟舞蹈都非常的森巴…
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.

還記得蠟筆小新有部電影,會讓所有人一聽到森巴音樂就不自覺得扭動起來…嗯…我今晚就是這種情況吧!!反正旁人沒有人認識我,而且我一個東方臉孔本來就已經夠怪了,所以沒在怕…非常自在的跟著音樂邊拍照邊跟隨隊伍邊搖屁股,超自得其樂!!
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!

遊行隊伍一結束,馬上就跟在他們屁股後頭接受兩旁民眾的注目禮…來這邊後看了好多場遊行,現在動作已經變的俐落許多,知道什麼樣的標準程序可以讓我看到所有的遊行隊伍後卻又能不被人群阻塞的一路向前行直到終點…終點是遊行的另一個重頭戲呢!!
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 @@

大火一下就把大鐘燒得只剩下骨架,難道就這樣了嗎??
Soon the big clock was burn out and only with the main structure left…was that all?
20121221 Burning The Clocks

當然不是…接下來就是煙火show囉!!主辦單位還蠻豪爽的,煙火施放的不錯,中間有好幾個wow~點,連我今天因為忘了帶記憶卡,所以只能邊拍邊刪的狀況下,都還可以拍到好幾張煙火的照片…就知道今天煙火的持久度不錯了!!
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.
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最後在照亮天空的煙火群下讓整個活動圓滿落幕。雖然完全不知道這活動的意義何在,但總算是嚐了鮮XD
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.

突然想起前兩天在寫CS host時提到第一位沙發主的情形,我說他是個充滿熱情的人,把每一天都當最後一天活,勇於追求想要的事物,而我則是比較消極的人,不會因為是最後一天而特別做什麼…但我剛剛發現…那是因為我已經把每一天都活得非常精采了,所以就算今天真的是世界末日,我也不需要做任何改變阿!!
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!!

煙火過後,世界依然存在,但是是一個嶄新的開始;我也期許自己能有個嶄新的人生🙂
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🙂

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