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Ground-breaking ceremony for Hunts Point produce market, New York City, 1962

Groundbreaking, also known as cutting, sod-cutting, turning the first sod or a sod-turning ceremony, is a traditional ceremony in many cultures that celebrates the first day of construction for a building or other project. Such ceremonies are often attended by dignitaries such as politicians and businessmen. The actual shovel or spade used during the actual groundbreaking is often a special ceremonial shovel meant to be saved for subsequent display. Commemorative information may be subsequently engraved on the shovel.

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Groundbreaking ceremony, Los Angeles, California, 1933, featuring a steam shovel

In some places, clergy may also provide blessings, particularly if the building is being constructed by a church or religious-affiliated organization.[citation needed]

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The term groundbreaking, when used as an adjective, may mean being or making something that has never been done, seen, or made before; "stylistically innovative works".

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