RIO 2016; Journey To Brazil Begins As Olympic Torch Is Lit In Ancient Olympia

The torch for the 2016 Games has been lit across the world to Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the 2016 Games. The torch was lit using the rays of the sun and a concave mirror in Ancient Olympia — the birthplace of the Games.

 The ceremony is led by the High Priestess, who prays to the ancient Gods, Apollo and Zeus, while lighting the torch.

Once lit, she takes the flame in a small ceramic bowl and leads a procession towards the Panathenaic Stadium, briefly stopping to observe the custom of cutting a branch from an olive tree — a symbol of peace.

When the High Priestess arrives into the stadium, she then lights the torch of the first runner to signal the start of the relay.