National Day Celebrations

Singapore 9th August 2010

Today, on my arrival back in Singapore, it is national day, the day that Singapore celebrates its birth as a nation, now 45 years ago. Though a tiny nation with relatively little history, the national day celebrations bring people together and create a moment to reflect on the nations incredible achievements. They have much to be proud of.

Which made me think of lighting and whether we should have some national lighting day? Lighting has come a long way, but what could constitute the start of lighting as we know it?  The first oil lamp or candle? The first electric light bulb?

It was in the 17th century that Sir Isaac Newton proposed the theory that electricity consisted of little particles with further scientists of the time subsequently confirming the generally accepted wave theory for electricity. He also studied the relation between light and colour. Or even before Newton there was Leonardo Da Vinci who experimented with reflections, refractions and mirrors. But generally Thomas Edison is being credited for commercializing the first electric lamp when he set up his Edison Electric Light company in 1878.

So what could we celebrate on a yearly basis? What date would be a relevant date to all. The problem is that there have been many relevant date and choosing one is likely to upset protagonists of other dates. So maybe it should be a universal date related to nature. Should we celebrate the longest day as the day of light? But that would mean the shortest day for people on the other hemisphere. Or maybe we should celebrate both?  We celebrate light and darkness, one can’t exist without the other.

Let me know if any of you have any suggestion. I think we should celebrate light somehow…

09. August 2010 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: lighting and culture | 2 comments

Comments (2)

  1. Hi Martin,

    I’m in Amsterdam for a week. Would like to know if you can recommend any lighting firm i can visit, any lighting exbition, or anything interesting related to lighting here in Amsterdam. Would be nice to see it.
    Would appreciate if you can advice on something nice.


  2. Hi Caroline
    Thanks for your comment and great question. But you know what…I have been living in Asia for so long now that I realised I hardly know anymore what is happening in my own birth country! I can recommend you a night tour on a boat through the famous canals of Amsterdam which should give you a great view on city at night. But as to other things i would have to search myself, can you believe it! But you have inspired me to do so! I will check it out and blog back one of these days on things to do and see in big cities like Amsterdam! Enjoy your time and please let me know if you saw anything worthwhile!!

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