Opening ceremony

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US Navy 070124-N-9640K-023 Naval Weapons Station Yorktown's Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, in honor of the opening of their new facility.jpg
Yao Ming with the Chinese flag 2008 Summer Olympics - Opening Ceremony.jpg

An opening ceremony is the official opening of a building or event. The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup are huge events involving thousands of participants and watched by a massive worldwide audience. On a much smaller scale, some ceremonies mark the opening of a small building such as a shop and are only attended by relatives or friends. Many public buildings, especially schools and libraries, are opened by a special guest.

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