Why lit the Olympic flame
One of the symbols of the Olympic Games - fire. It should be lit in a special container - "bowl" - in the stadium, where the most of the competitions. And when the Olympics finished, the fire goes to erupt again in four years, but in a different city. This beautiful ceremony.
Olympic Games originated in ancient Greece. Myths say that for a long time, people were absolutely helpless before the forces of nature. Without fire, they could neither warm your home, or to defend themselves against larger predators or cook a hot meal. A fire was on the sacred Mount Olympus, where the gods headed by the supreme god lived - Zeus. But the inhabitants of heaven is not going to share that gift with miserable mortals. One day Prometheus, wanting to help people, stole fire and brought him to the ground. Angered by Zeus of Prometheus subjected to a terrible punishment: titanium chained to a rock in the distant mountains, where the flies eagle pecked at his liver every morning. Only after many years Prometheus was released. Grateful Greeks retained in memory titanium feat. Fire has become for them a kind of soulful character. He reminded people of the nobility and suffering of Prometheus. Thus, lighting the fire before any major events, they bowed before his memory. In addition to fire attributed magical properties of cleansing. Therefore, lighting it, the organizers of sporting events, especially such an important as the Olympic Games, pursued a dual purpose. First, they paid tribute to the memory of Prometheus, secondly, hoping that all the participants and the audience to "clean" from evil thoughts, intentions, and the competition will not be marred by no quarrels, no enmity. When thanks to Baron Pierre de Coubertin and his associates Olympic Games were revived, along with them, and revived the tradition of lighting the fire. He first broke out at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928, and at the Berlin Olympics in 1936. The torch was brought into the stadium via a relay race. Since then, this way the Olympic flame arrives at the stadium, which should illuminate the bowl. Take part in a relay race is considered to be honored, let alone be on the very last stage, that is, his own light the fire with the torch - a great honor, which is awarded only the most honored athletes.