Sunday, 1 January 2012
Happy New Year!
The people of Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire see in the New Year with a Fireball Festival. Participants (known as 'Swingers') make a package of flammable material which they then contain in chicken wire, attaching a wire handle. In the last minutes of December 31st, the packages are lit and paraded through the streets, the swinger whirling the fireball around them. It's quite spectacular, and a Health and Safety nightmare.
The meaning behind the ceremony is hotly (ho ho) debated, but it either signifies a plea to the Gods for continued sun, or the fire symbolises purification as one year ends and another begins. More here.
Happy New Year to all! & Happy Birthday to Island Of Terror, one year old today (that's seven in blog years).
I may not post every day in 2012, as that's a bit of a treadmill that I sometimes struggle to stay on, and I'm going to take a week off or so now, but please check back regularly or subscribe - there's a lot still to come, including, ulp, new films.