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National Lighthouse Day
National Lighthouse Day is dedicated to structures that show ships the way to shore. The lighthouse is a romantic symbol that we associate with sea adventures and a peaceful haven that awaits every traveler at the end of the journey. Lighthouses inspire poets, artists and adventurers – it is not surprising that a holiday was dedicated to them.
The first lighthouses appeared in ancient times. Initially, open fire was used as a navigational signal. Later, oil lamps were installed, and only in the last quarter of the 19th century did electric lamps appear. August 7 was chosen for National Lighthouse Day in 1989.
- Since these structures must be very strong, many of them continue to withstand the onslaught of waves and have been actively used for more than a hundred years.
- Currently, most beacons are automatic and do not require the constant presence of a person.
- Keeping a lighthouse is a very difficult job. This employee must be able to maintain the lighthouse, repair electronics, which is impossible without special education.
How to celebrate
Visit a nearby lighthouse – most of these navigational structures are open to the public on this day. Take photos and post them on social media. If you like to draw, make sketches from nature.
Watch movies and read books about lighthouse keepers: there are plenty of both documentaries and fiction on the subject.
Start collecting lighthouse images: photos, postcards, badges, paintings. There are a lot of such products, so your collection will grow rapidly.
When is National Lighthouse Day celebrated in 2022?
National Lighthouse Day is observed on August 7 each year.