Oktoberfest (October-festival) is a popular festival held in Munich, Germany, in the last two weekends of September and the first of October. It is the largest fair around the world with a consumption of 7.5 million mugs of beer. Thanks to the success that this festival acquired over time, other cities around the world have organized similar events that have been called with the same name “Oktoberfest”.
WHERE DOES THE EVENT TAKE PLACE?
The event takes place over 16 days in an area called Theresienwiese (Therese’s meadow), in honor of Therese, the wife of the future King Ludwig.
WHERE AND HOW WAS OKTOBERFEST BORN?
On 12 October 1818 Prince Ludwig celebrated his wedding with princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The wedding took place on a meadow called Theresienwiese. The party and the attractions, such as the horse race, pleased the citizens so much that it was decided to repeat the race also the following year.
So the tradition of the Oktoberfest was born.
WHAT ARE THE TRADITIONS MAINTAINED OVER THE YEARS?
According to the tradition, on the day of the inauguration the mayor of Munich at 12 o’clock inaugurates the Oktoberfest by opening the first barrel of beer of the new year with the famous phrase “O’ZAPFT IS!”, that means “Let the party begin” or “The first barrel is tapped”. The inauguration of the festival begins with the parade of hosts and breweries; they parade through the city to the Theresienwiese, where the festival takes place.