Minsk 2nd European Games Kick Off With Grand Opening Ceremony (PHOTOS)

The 2nd European Games 2019 kicked off with the grand opening in Minsk on Friday, 21 June.

A spectacular and colourful opening ceremony gave a tremendous start to the continent’s biggest sports event. Unique beauty, rich history, traditions and legends and famous people of Belarus!

The state flag of Belarus was brought in by children representing six regions of the country.

Meanwhile, augmented reality giant white storks, the Belarusian national bird, were circling the stadium.


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The show went on with official introductions of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, and the President of the European Olympic Committees, Janez Kocijančič.

The Belarus national anthem bellowed out through the stadium with everyone upstanding.

Folk music, traditional dances, national costumes and time-honored traditions – Kupala Night rite is on.

This celebrates the summer solstice according to traditional Slavic fairs.

By the way, summer officially arrived in Belarus as well as in the Northern Hemisphere countries yesterday, on 21 June.

Aaand the 2nd European Games start with the athletes parade.

Over 4,000 athletes from 50 countries will compete in 200 medal events in 15 sports.

 Belarusian athletes, 221 people, will take part in every kind of the competitions.

Back to the theme of the summer solstice and ‘When the Fern Blooms’, overflowing with local myth and legend.

The spectacle goes on with mythical dragons, medieval knights, half-men half-bull creatures and a giant BISON.

It calls to the forest, to our nature, to mother nature – a message for humanity.

The Opening Ceremony end with official speeches, oaths, doves of peace and fireworks.

You still have to become a part of the biggest multi-sport event in the history of Belarus.

Source: TUT.BY