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Groundbreaking ceremony for Hunts Point Cooperative Market in New York City (1962)
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image icon Groundbreaking ceremony in Los Angeles, California (1933), featuring a steam shovel

Groundbreaking, also known as cutting, sod-cutting, turning the first sod or a sod-turning ceremony, is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project. Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians and businessmen. The actual shovel used during the groundbreaking is often a special ceremonial shovel, sometimes colored gold, meant to be saved for subsequent display and may be engraved. In other groundbreaking ceremonies, a bulldozer is used instead of a shovel to mark the first day of construction. In some groundbreaking ceremonies, both the shovel and the bulldozer are used to mark the first day of construction.[1][2]


The term groundbreaking, when used as an adjective, may mean being or making something that has never been done, seen, or made before; "stylistically innovative works".


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  1. ^, Jeremy Wise. "Officials break ground on Wiregrass Public Safety Center". Archived from the original on 2021-07-31. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  2. ^ "TSMC has started construction of its 5nm 'Fab 18' in Taiwan". HEXUS. January 26, 2018. Archived from the original on July 31, 2021. Retrieved October 1, 2021.

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