Opening ceremony

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies often involve an oversized pair of scissors

An opening ceremony, grand opening, or ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the official opening of a newly-constructed location or the start of an event.[1] Opening ceremonies at large events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, and the Rugby World Cup might involve thousands of participants and be watched worldwide. Such tournaments often also include a closing ceremony at the end of the event.[2]

Grand opening of a swimming pool, 1941

In the case of physical establishments, its grand opening might be preceded by a "soft opening" or "soft launch" in which the establishment begins to operate with little promotion, to allow testing of operations, procedures, and facilities.

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  1. ^ Streetwise Meeting and Event Planning. Grand Openings: Chapter 8. Adams Media. pp. 89–103.
  2. ^ Melissa Locker (3 August 2021). "Everything to Know About the Closing Ceremony for the Tokyo Summer Olympics". Time. Retrieved 31 August 2021.

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