is a ceremony of formal investiture
whereby an individual assumes an
office or position of authority or power. The term is usually used in reference to a
politician's assumption of the duties of head of state
or head of government
President's inauguration). An "inaugural address" is the presidential speech given at this
ceremony which informs the people of their intentions as a leader.
Political inaugurations often have lavish
ceremonies, in which the
politician publicly takes his or her oath of office
in front of a large crowd of spectators.
The term inauguration may also refer to a formal beginning or introduction (e.g. the
inauguration of a new Canada
–United States border crossing
State and religious leaders who are inaugurated