The Symbolism of the Olympic Ceremonies

The Symbolism of the Olympic Ceremonies
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The Olympic Games are held every four years, with summer and winter games. It is a major worldwide event where every country desires to take part and be the best in it. As historically Olympics were held in order to maintain peace between the cities of Greece, so with the emergence of technology and globalization the Olympics are meant to create friendly and peaceful relations between countries. The Olympic games have been playing their part appropriately in trying to avoid hostility and deviating terms between countries. Moreover, the host countries get a chance to represent and showcase their culture, norms, and traditions to the world. It generally increases the tourism industry and people from all over the globe travel to that particular country enthusiastically to watch the Olympic Games live.

Ceremonies

There are some ceremonies, which are a fundamental part of the Olympics since Ancient Olympic Games. For example, the opening and closing ceremonies, which have been taken directly from the Ancient Olympic Games. There are various elements that are mandatory and have to be performed by the host countries with the direction of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but with the emergence of technology, many host nations desire to portray their culture through various artistic expressions.
In the opening ceremony, the host country’s flag is raised and the artistic program is held. This is then followed by the Parade of Nations, and then the traditional events occur that lead up to the Olympic flame and torch relay. Finally, the opening ceremony ends with the symbolic release of doves to signify peace.

A medal ceremony is held after each Olympic event is completed, where the top three winners are presented with their medals and the flags of their countries are displayed.

Like the opening ceremony, the closing ceremony begins with the rising of the host country’s flag along with a performance of their national anthem. Then the parade of flags starts, which symbolizes unity within one stadium. The flag of Greece is also raised in order to honor the birth the Olympics. The Olympic hymn is played, and a the host country transfers the Olympic flag to the IOC, which then transfers the flag to the next host country. The flags are waved eight times and the host nation for the next Olympics showcases their culture by dances or other artistic performances. In the end, the IOC president makes a closing speech and this brings the Olympic Games to an end.

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