Olympic Torch Lit for Brazil Rio 2016 Games

Posted: April 21, 2016 by ACE of Greece in Uncategorized

Olympic Flame lit

The Olympic flame is a symbol of the Olympic Games.  Commemorating the theft of fire from the Greek god Zeus by Prometheus, its origins lie in ancient Greece, where a fire was kept burning throughout the celebration of the ancient Olympics. The fire was introduced at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, and it has been part of the modern Olympic Games ever since.

True to tradition, the Olympic Flame to look over the 2016 Rio Games from the Maracanã cauldron in Brazil this summer will be lit at a special ceremony in Ancient Olympia, Greece, before the torch begins its journey on April 21 from the home of the Games in Ancient Olympia at the Temple of Hera to Athens’ Panathenian Stadium on April 27 and from there to Brazil, the host of the world’s largest sporting event.

The flame is traditionally lit in Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, every four years ahead of the Games by the rays of the sun. Thousands will gather to see the spectacle featuring actress Katerina Lechou as High Priestess.

The event, which will also include a ritual song and dance performance, will take place at noon. The first torch bearer to leave Ancient Olympia and carry the flame to its next stop is world gymnastics champion Lefteris Petrounias. After traveling throughout Greece for a week, the flame will then arrive in Athens and be handed over to the Brazilian organizing committee on April 27 at a special ceremony at the Panathenian Stadium from where it will travel to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympics opening ceremony at the legendary Maracanã Stadium in August.


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