31 May 2012

Find Your Jubilee Beacon

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

On Monday, June 4th
a chain of over 4000 beacons will be lit 
by churches, municipalities, and associations
worldwide to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Beginning in Tonga and finishing in Canada,
the world will light beacons around 10p, local time
(including Australia, China, Pakistan, Kenya, the US and many more)

Sixty beacons will be along the length of Hadrian’s Wall
with each beacon representing a year in the life of The Queen’s reign
Won't that look magical?

The Queen will light the National Beacon at 10:30p in London
with the 'Jubilee Crystal Diamond' laser beam
following the BBC Concert that night

Beacon chains have evolved from a tool of communication
to a symbol of unity across towns, boundaries, and countries

For hundreds of years, Britain has been lighting beacons
in celebration of royal weddings, jubilees, and coronations
in village greens, church towers, beaches, car parks, and mountain tops

Why will the beacons be lit so late?
Situated so far north, England's sunsets are really late in June
I haven't seen pure darkness for a few days now
(Sunrise 4:47a, Sunset 9:12p on Jun 4th)

Literally around the globe
the world will come together to light beacons on Monday night
to honor Queen Elizabeth II's 60 year reign

I can't think of anything like it before
- such a goosebump moment -


Egretta Wells blog said...

I think perhaps I will just light my own beacon in my garden. I will be watching all the activities on t.v. It will be amazing!

Down by the sea said...

We can see one of the beacons in the distance from our front garden - we will try to get closer to get a photo of it.
Sarah x

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I'd love a photo of it! Such a great way to feel connected!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Lucky you! I hope the weather holds out - I'd love to see it :)

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

What a grand occasion. Bet it will be magical.

Sissym said...

This day will be a memorable event!

Robynne's Nest said...

Hi Laura, I'm back and looking forward to this weekend of festivities. Paul and I are hoping to go into London on Sunday...just really waiting to see how bad the weather is going to be (sounding like a local aren't I)...will send you an email after school hols to organise a meet in London. Have a great weekend! Robx

Daily Photo 2012 said...

Isn't it exciting?! I won't be able to make it to this tonight - But I'm planning on being at the Floatilla on Sunday and the parade on Monday. Thanks for following my Blog! xx

Mary Timmers said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, Laura. I'm now following you--your header is so cute! I'm looking forward to getting to know you through your previous posts. One of my dreams has been to live in England for a time--I envy you!

Jane said...

How fabulous, Laura! I love the symbolism. I'll have to find if there's one planned for here. J x