29th Summer Olympics opened in
The National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest for its unique design, came alive with excitement on the hot summer night. There were 2,008 drummers, to match this Olympic year on the calendar, rocking the stadium. Nearly two hours of music, specially composed for the event, filled the air. Twenty fairies fell from the night sky, or so it seemed as acrobats on wires descended into the stadium. A group of 56 children gathered around the Chinese flag.
World leaders gathered to enjoy the spectacle, including United States President George W. Bush, who became the first
The thrilling opening ceremonies were a great start for the Games. And the timing of the ceremony itself, which began at 8 p.m. on 8/8/08, is considered good luck in
The opening ceremonies kicked off 17 days of Olympic events, stretching straight through to the closing ceremonies on August 24. More than 10,000 athletes from 205 countries are gearing up to compete at the top of their game.