The 2016 Rio Olympic Games are being held right now, as this is being written, which means the torch relay has been achieved and the Olympic fire has been lit. While the Olympic flame has always been a symbol of the Games since ancient times, the torch and torch relay event at the start of the opening ceremony started in 1936 during the Summer Olympics in Berlin.
The torch connects each Olympic Games location with its origins in Greece by running the torch from the ancient site of the Olympic Games in Olympia, Greece to wherever the events are being held in the chosen host country. Today the torch is lit several months before the opening ceremony. Eleven women, who represent the Vestal Virgins, perform a celebration at the Temple of Hera where the torch is lit by sun rays that are concentrated by a parabolic mirror. The torch then travels around Greece before it starts making its way to the host city.
After the torch lights the Olympic flame, the flame is kept lit throughout the Games until it is put out to symbolize their official end. The torch has become the modern official symbol of the Olympic Games and the final stretch of the relay, which is often run by a celebrity of some sort, is one of the most watched events of the entire celebration.
Over the years a lot of unique torch images have served to represent the Olympic torch. With so much cultural heritage behind it and its ultimate symbolism of worldwide unity, it’s no wonder why the Olympic torch is so popular that many people have gorgeous tattooed renditions of the torch.
We hope you’re enjoying the Olympic Games and all the festivities going on right now, and that you enjoy the Olympic torch tattoo gallery below just as much.
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