Today we will take a trip through all the details and meanings that this great beer flavored German festival holds. The Oktoberfest is a celebration held in the months of September and October, in the Bavarian city of Munich ever since 1810. It is Germany’s largest popular party and one of the largest in the world with a sum of annual visits of over 6 million visitors. It lasts 16 to 18 days, starting on the first Saturday after September 15. It is held in the field known as Theresienwiese near the center of Munich. The Oktoberfest is above anything else. Since it is a traditional Bavarian celebration where you can find the one true beer brewed around Munich. The beers that meet this criterion are known as Oktoberfest Beers.
Arriving in Oktoberfest
Beer Drinking begins
The first Oktoberfest was held in honor of the wedding of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in 1810. What we now know as a great celebration and wedding party. The original party was held to celebrate the royal wedding we mentioned earlier and took place on 12 October. A year later, the Bavarians held the wedding anniversary in the same way. Because in 1872 the autumns were too cold, they decided to move the party to the end of September so temperatures could be a bit nicer.
Oktoberfest Supreme gathering
Oktoberfest 2013 Platform
Since 1950, the party starts only after the occurrence of the output pistol official and the mayor shouts “O zapft is“. Furthermore, subsequently he has to offer the first pitcher of beer to the President / Minister of the State of Bavaria and only then you can start the party. During the Oktoberfest the traditional people often wear hats with goat hair strands hanging. Formerly it was said that they had a greater number of strands in the hat but today most are synthetic strands and anyone can look as rich as others.
The Oktoberfest beer has a 0.6 to 1.1 % of sugar alcohol and more than the average German beer. So, it is normal for people to forget all worries, hats and even their names. In 200 years, the Oktoberfest was canceled only 24 times. The causes were mainly war and cholera epidemics. On the 100th birthday of the festival the shooters did not stop working and they left some 120.000 liters of beer, something like 1500 bathtubs full of beer!
Oktoberfest photos: municmunic, rebel tredi, Jeany, Mike Van Tassel, Otis Driftwood.