The 2016 Rio Olympics have begun in Brazil with a stunning opening ceremony.
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 6, 2016
Celebrating Brazil’s history and diverse culture, the theme of the night was the need for environmental protection, and each athlete will recieve a seed that will be planted in Brazil during the games.
— Rio 2016 (@Rio2016_en) August 5, 2016
— David K Smith (@professor_dave) August 6, 2016
History was made as these games will be the first to have a team made up of 10 refugees. Previously if refugees competed in the Olympics it was either as part of their new country or as an independent athlete.
— UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) August 6, 2016
— Brown Saraah (@Brown_Saraah) August 6, 2016
Reaction to the ceremony on social media was positive.
— PollyAnna DeTar (@Pollyfrogy) August 6, 2016
With all the craziness going on in the world its beautiful to see all these countries represented and coming together! #OpeningCeremony
— Ebony Rae (@by_ERae) August 6, 2016
— Visionairess (@Visionairess) August 6, 2016
The flame was lit by marathon runner Vanderlei Cordeiro. The Games will run until August 21st.