The fall is on the doorstep and with it comes the Oktoberfest ! All over the world this festival is celebrated, wherever you are, be sure that not far away there is an Oktoberfest!
The biggest and original of the Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany. It starts on the first Saturday after September 15th and ends on the first Sunday in October. This festival attracts six million visitors from all over the world.
The most important ingredients of the festival is beer and food. All the restaurants, breweries and other establishments set up tents where they serve food and beer. An important part are the bands playing the traditional Bavarian music, even though the later years more modern bands has also been seen on the stage of the Oktoberfest.
The clothes are not to be forgotten; the traditional Lederhosen for men and the Dirndl for women!
The Beer is for many the most important part of the Oktoberfest, the breweries in Munich brew a special beer for the festival; Wiesn Mârzen – a slightly darker beer with a stronger taste and a bit more alcohol. There are 6 so-called Oktoberfest breweries : Spaten, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, and Löwenbräu.
Festivals held in October goes long back in history. This was the time the Märzen-Beer was ready for consumption and this was a reason to celebrate. Though the large festival in Munich goes back 200 years. On October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Theresa of Hildburghausen got married. To celebrate their wedding, the couple organized a huge horse race, which took place on October 17th. The horse race took place on a field within the city walls. The name of this field was later changed to Theresienwiese, meaning Theresa’s field. This is where the Oktoberfest is held every year.
Some says Oktoberfest began as the marriage ceremony between Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese on October 12, 1810. All of the towns people were invited to attend the festival, which took place in the fields outside of the city gates. Following the wedding the fields were named Theresienwiese after the Princess, and the party was such a hit that the townspeople asked King Ludwig to continue the celebration the following year. Oktoberfest in 2016 will mark the 209th anniversary of the festivities.