If you haven't watched the opening ceremonies of the games in the past, you're missing out. An important part of the games from the time of ancient Greece, the opening ceremonies have grown in pomp, ritual, and drama over the years. It's a chance to showcase the host country's culture, history, and importance to the global community, and are full of creatively designed performances.
Aside from putting the host country front and center, the ceremonies are also an event that carries out several important traditions and rituals. From the athlete and flag-bearer parade and the release of doves to the raising of the flag and the lighting of the torch, the opening ceremonies play an important role in setting the tone for the events that will transpire over the next two weeks.
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