Oktoberfest is one of the most famous folk festivals in the world. It is held annually in Munich, Germany, from the penultimate weekend of September to the first of October.
The origins of the Oktoberfest date back to 1810, when Bavarian Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. On the occasion of the wedding, the city of Monaco organized a popular festival with a horse race. The party was a success and was repeated the following year.
In 1812, the festival was canceled due to the Napoleonic War. It was revived in 1813 and has been held every year since then, with the exception of the war years.
Over the years, Oktoberfest has grown to become one of the largest folk festivals in the world. Every year, it attracts around 6 million visitors from all over the world.
Oktoberfest is a festival full of traditions. The most famous is the beer tasting. Every year, around 7 million liters of beer, produced by six Bavarian breweries, are served.
Other Oktoberfest traditions include:
- The Horse Race: The horse race is the main event of the Oktoberfest. It is held every year on the first Saturday of the festival.
- Traditional clothing: Oktoberfest visitors often wear traditional Bavarian clothing.
- Traditional music: The Oktoberfest is an opportunity to listen to traditional Bavarian music.
Oktoberfest is a festival rich in history and traditions. It's an opportunity to celebrate Bavarian culture and enjoy German beer.