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September 30, 2014 / German / By
Nicola

'oktoberfest' by leigh wolf

At this time of year, small Oktoberfest celebrations pop up all over the world. It's big, it's German, and it's filled with beer. You probably know that much already, but what exactly is it all about and where did it all begin?

The origins of Oktoberfest date back over 200 years, to a time when Crown Prince Ludwig married Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. People were invited to join in the celebrations on nearby fields, which is how it all began. In fact, the bride gave her name to the fields ('Theresienwiese'); this is still the official name for Oktoberfest to this day, although locals often abbreviate it to 'Wiesn'.

Since then, Oktoberfest has gone through many transformations to become what it is today. At some point in its history, Oktoberfest has featured horse racing, agricultural shows and a huge parade, which still takes place every year.

The original party took place in Munich, and that is still where the biggest and the best Oktoberfest events are held today.

It is estimated that around 7 million litres of beer are served at the Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich alone, to several million revellers. Along with the appearance of Oktoberfest offshoots all over the globe, this is evidence of the fact that Oktoberfest has become a huge deal.

Nowadays, Oktoberfest is synonymous with drinking plenty of beer, although laws have been introduced regarding noise levels, which are designed to keep raucous behaviour to a minimum. Along with all the beer (which is better quality than that served throughout the rest of the year), German foods such as bratwurst and pretzels are served. Lots of beer, good food and a party atmosphere...what could be better?

It's not uncommon for male visitors to Oktoberfest to don Lederhosen, and many ladies can be seen wearing a Dirndl. It's not essential wear, but it certainly adds to the atmosphere.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Oktoberfest has grown to be one of the biggest, most prestigious festivals in Germany. In fact, it's one of the best festivals in the world! Being in Munich to celebrate the original way is an incredible, unforgettable experience, so if you ever have the chance to go, grab it with both hands. The brilliant thing about this festival of German food, beer and culture, though, is that it is celebrated all around the world, so if you can't get to Germany, Germany will come to you!

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