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The Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks the Start of Construction
The groundbreaking ceremony is a traditional way to celebrate the beginning of a new construction project. The ceremonies are often attended by political business and clergy leaders. As photos are taken the guest and owners participate by inserting a ceremonial shovel into the ground simulating the first ground broken for construction . The ceremony may also include speeches and religious blessings. The shovels are usually gold or silver plated and may be engraved or otherwise decorated. They are usually saved as souvenirs. The ceremonial props often include specially decorated hard hats.