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History of Oktoberfest

06.18.2006 · Posted in Culture Articles

The first Oktoberfest was held on Ocotber 12, 1810, in Munich to celebrate the wedding of Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and princess Maria Teresa of Saxony-Hildburghausen on what was to become known as Theresienwieses – Theresa’s fields. In subsequent years, horse races were held on the fields to celebrate the anniversary of the royal wedding. This annual event became Oktoberfest tradition. Oktoberfest is dedicated to the fall harvest and to beer, the region’s most famous product. People came from throughout Germany to enjoy the celebration consisting of dancing, singing, and drinking beer.

Oktoberfest Today

Oktoberfest 2005 celebrates it’s 172nd year. Oktoberfest is the largest festival in the world, with 6 million visitors from around the world attending the Munich Oktoberfest each year. Each year, these attendees consume more than 5 million liters of beer and over 200,000 pork sausages, as well as large quantities of traditional hearty fare such as sausage, hendl (chicken) and sauerkraut, along with such Bavarian delicacies as roast ox tails.

Only six Munich breweries are allowed to serve beer at Oktoberfest

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