The Olympic Games - 2016 were formally commenced with a rainbow colored, vivacious ceremony at Rio's Maracana stadium on Friday. The event itself was broadcast to an estimated audience of three billion.
The ceremony celebrated Brazil's history and natural beauty. The countries vision of vast rainforest and the creative energy for its wildly diverse population. Later the former marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima lit the Olympic cauldron and unfurled the ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
The ceremony in Maracana football stadium also shows pieced of Portuguese colonists’ arrival, introduction of African slaves and the immigration of Arab and Japanese communities. The ceremony's themes were world peace and the environment.
A gigantic green peace symbol dangled over the centre of the arena, before a dazzling projection depicted the birth of the Amazon rainforest. Unlike the opening ceremonies, Brazil sticks with minimal high-tech and countries Carnival party traditions.
The joyful opening of South America's first Games also contrasted with months of turmoil and chaos, not only in the organization of the Olympics but across Brazil as it endures its worst economic recession in decades and a deep political crisis.
Interim President Michel Temer presided over the opening of the Games with dozens of heads of state. He took over from suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who is facing an impeachment trial and tweeted that she was "sad to not be at the party.
The $12 billion cost for organization of the Games has aggrieved many in the nation, especially in Rio where few can see the benefits of the spectacle or afford to attend the Games.