Octoberfest (Germany): beer festival in Munich


The beer festival in Munich, called Octoberfest, is a very popular festival that takes place annually in this city in Germany, based mainly on beers prepared for the occasion.

Beer festival

Oktoberfest is a great event that takes place in Munich between the end of September and the beginning of October for two weeks each year.

The event takes place in an area called Theresienwiese, or more commonly d 'Wiesn, which means the lawn, in Bavarian dialect.

The main local breweries prepare a particular beer, slightly darker and stronger, specifically for Oktoberfest, to supply their own "Bierzelte" (beer tents), all set up and decorated in a different way, ready to welcome a few thousand people. each.

In addition to beer, visitors can also consume food in quantities including frankfurters, sausages, chickens and roast beef.

In each pavilion there is an orchestra that usually plays traditional music, so that you can drink, eat and sing all together. The party opens when the mayor of Monaco opens the first barrel of beer, planting a tap in the barrel with a hammer and pronouncing the famous phrase O'Zapft is! (in Bavarian dialect, "It is uncorked!").

At the opening ceremony there is also an entrance parade of the hosts, the fairground operators, the brewers with carriages, the orchestras and the waitresses of the stands above horse-drawn carriages.

In addition, on the Sunday of the first weekend, a parade of traditional costumes and Schützen (shooters), a picturesque and festive parade on Bavarian customs and traditions, and also from other German regions, is held in the streets of central Munich.

A great concert by all the orchestras hosted in the Oktoberfest pavilions is held on the Sunday of the second weekend.

The first Oktoberfest took place in Munich from 12 to 17 October 1810, on the occasion of the wedding of Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Teresa of Saxony-Hildburghausen.

The party ended with a horse race and since then the lawn was renamed Theresienwiese, in honor of the princess. The event was very successful and was repeated the following years with the addition of an agricultural fair, music, folk dance and funfair.

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Even today this Agricultural Festival is repeated every three years in conjunction with the Oktoberfest, while the horse race is no longer held. However, since then Oktoberfest was born and was suspended only during the periods of the two world wars, due to epidemics or other problems.

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