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Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks

Thousands of people carried burning paper lanterns through UK city in winter solstice festival

Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
A giant lantern burns at the end of the Burning The Clocks Festival on Brighton Beach on December 21, 2011 in Brighton, England (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
People carry lanterns at the Burning The Clocks Festival (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
Dancers make their way through the streets (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
The annual celebration is enjoyed by thousands of people who carry paper lanterns through the streets of Brighton (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
It culminates on Brighton Beach where the lanterns are burnt and the Winter Solstice is marked (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
Lanterns burn at the end of the Burning The Clocks Festival on Brighton Beach (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
Dancers make their way through the streets (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
People carry lanterns at the Burning The Clocks Festival (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
People watch fireworks at the end of the Burning The Clocks Festival (Getty Images)
Brighton festival welcomes winter by Burning the Clocks
The festival is held in Brighton (Getty Images)