The opening ceremony signifies the start of the Olympic games and the closing ceremony signifies the end of the games.
Sporting activities, the Opening and Closing ceremonies and the medal presentation ceremonies.
There are Ceremonies so that people knos when it starts and when it finishes. And people celebrate on Ceremonies days.
There's the opening, closing, and the medal presentation. :)
27 July Olympic Stadium (Opening) - 12 August Olympic Park & Village (Closing)
Opening Ceremonies are July 27th and Closing Ceremonies are August 12th
17 DAYS AUGUST 8----------------OPENING CEREMONIES AUGUST 24---------------CLOSING CEREMONIES
About two weeks excluding the opening and closing ceremonies.
The opening ceremony starts the Games and the closing ceremony ends the Games. The medal presentations could also be considered a ceremony albeit to a much small extent as the opening and closing ceremonies.
For the Closing Ceremony gates will open at 13:30. Source: http://dailycontributor.com/vancouver-2010-winter-olympics-opening-and-closing-ceremonies-video/11685/
It was used as the opening/closing ceremonies as well as for athletics. Although it wasn't called that in 2000.
It was 1956. :)