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What is the ceremony of the Olympic flame

Before the ancient Olympics, according to religious regulations, people gathered in front of the Olympian Zeus Temple, held solemn ceremonies, lit the torch from the altar, and then rushed to various Greek city-states. The torchbearer held the torch high, and while running, he shouted: “Stop all wars and participate in the sports games!”

The torch is like a strict order, with supreme power. Wherever the torch goes, the flames of war will be extinguished. Even the city-states fighting fiercely all put down their weapons one after another, and the sacred truce began. Greece has returned to a peaceful life. People forgot about hatred and war, and they all rushed to Olympia to participate in the Olympic Games.

On April 7, 2020, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a state of emergency in many places in Japan, the Olympic flame exhibition held in Fukushima, northeastern Japan, was also urgently suspended. The exhibition lasted only 6 days.

The flame burning in the main sports venue during the Olympic Games is the Olympic flame, symbolizing light, unity, friendship, peace, and justice.

The Olympic flame is usually lit in front of the Temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, a few months before the opening of the Olympic Games. The method of collecting the sacred flame follows the ancient Greek tradition. The chief priestess recited the ode to the sun god in front of the Temple of Hera in Olympia, and then concentrated the sunlight in the center of the concave mirror to generate high temperature to ignite the sacred flame. This is the collection of the Olympics. The only way to sacred fire. The whole process was solemn and there was no crowd watching.

After the torch was ignited, the flame was placed in an ancient brazier and brought to the altar in the ancient Olympic stadium by the chief priestess, where the torch was displayed to the people waiting there, and the torch in the hands of the first torchbearer was lit, and then. It began its journey to the host city of the Olympic Games.

In order to maintain the purity of the Olympic torch, during the entire torch relay, only the torch collected from the Olympics can be used for the relay. The torch cannot be mixed with any other symbolic flames. The host cities of the previous Olympic Games will go to the Panathenaic Stadium in Greece to welcome the torch after the torch has passed through in Greece.

There, the Olympic flame will be put into several flame lights. According to the requirements of the International Olympic Committee, the torch must be kept burning during the torch relay. The flame of the torch cannot be extinguished during the transmission from Olympia to the host city of the Olympic Games. Once the torch is extinguished, a special escort must use the flame in the flame The flame is ignited to ensure that the main torch at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is lit by the torch from Olympia.

The Olympic Torch Relay is the prelude to the Olympic Games and the most important communication tool second only to the Olympic Games itself. At the same time, it is a powerful connection between the ancient Olympic Games and the modern Olympic movement.

All previous modern Olympic torch relays have fully spread the Olympic spirit, conveyed the message of friendship and peace, and ignited people’s passion for the Olympics in a total of more than 100 days of relay activities. Just like the messenger who announced the “sacred truce”, today’s torchbearers carry the Olympic torch and pass the Olympic flame, encouraging people all over the world to pursue the Olympic dream together.

In Olympia, where the ancient Olympic Games were held, the sacred fire has been burning quietly in the urban public hall in front of the altar of Goddess Hestia (the female kitchen god in Greek mythology). The sacred fire here is also collected by using a concave mirror to gather sunlight, and it is also used as a kind of fire to ignite the sacred fire in other sacred places.

Compared with the modern Olympic torch relay, the ancient Pan-Hellenic Olympics have never organized a torch relay or a torch race. But before the start of the official game, the messenger wearing an olive branch ring ran between the city-states to tell the exact time of the official start of the Games. They invited citizens of various city-states to Olympia and announced the beginning of the “sacred truce”.

The modern Olympic torch relay originated from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. In that year, the torch was collected in front of the Hera Temple at the ancient Olympia site in Greece, and then the torch relay was carried out. This tradition continues to this day.

Nowadays, the 16th Summer Olympic Games has held the torch gathering ceremony here. Beginning in 1964, the Winter Olympics also began to collect the torch. Although it was also carried out at the ancient Olympia site, the location of the torch collection is different from the Hera Temple, the fire place for the Summer Olympics. It is in front of the monument to Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics. Held.

Over the past 72 years, the Olympic Torch Relay has become the most powerful communication activity for the host country of the Olympic Games to enhance public awareness of the Olympic Games and create publicity points. The torch relay gives the people of the host country the opportunity to fully experience the power of the Olympic Games, and it also provides the host country and city with an opportunity to showcase themselves.

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