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Today in Greece dobudut fire for the Beijing Olympics. Relay begins

March 24 2008
08:22

Today in Greece, the birthplace of the Olympics torch relay will begin to XXIX Summer Games in Beijing. The ceremony of getting the sacred flame remains unchanged for many years: the fire gives the Sun.

Flame, which will carry and will light the stadium in China, will receive in Ancient Olympia on the Peloponnesus peninsula. During the ceremony, 24 "priestesses" in the ancient tunics come out at the ruins of an ancient temple of Hera, and the "High Priestess", a Greek actress Maria Navpliotu will try to light the Olympic flame from the sun's rays using a parabolic mirror.

The first torchbearer Olympic torch relay in 2008 will be the Greek taekwondo Alexandros Nikolaidis, the silver medalist of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Olympic torch relay will pass through five continents, and will end in Beijing on August 8, the opening day of the Olympic Games, reports the "First Channel".

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