Well, folks, it’s that time of year… it’s Oktoberfest season!
The first Oktoberfest was held to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, in 1810, Kronprinz Ludwig (1786–1868), later King Ludwig I (reign: 1825–1848), married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12th, 1810. A very public affair, the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. It must have been a great wedding because we’ve been celebrating ever since.
Every year the world joins in a celebration of the time-honored tradition globally known as Oktoberfest. With countless glasses of beer drank and countless brats consumed, the festivities are epic.
According to Wikipedia, at the 100th anniversary of Oktoberfest in 1910, an estimated 120,000 liters of beer were consumed. Three years later, the “Bräurosl” was founded, which at that time was the largest pavilion to have ever been built, accommodating approximately 12,000 people.
As 2010 marked the 200th anniversary of the Oktoberfest with around 6 million people attending the famed event, with millions more celebrating worldwide.
In 2013, 6.4 million people visited Oktoberfest, and visitors were served 6.7 million liters of beer.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa’s meadows (Theresienwiese). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the original Munich event.
During the event, large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed: during the 16-day festival in 2013, for example, 7.7 million litres (66,000 US bbl) were served. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, sidestalls, and games. There is also a wide variety of traditional foods available.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October. In 1994, this longstanding schedule was modified in response to German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until 3 October (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is 2 October and 18 days when it is 1 October. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (4 October), to mark the event’s bicentennial.
We thought given its powerful heritage and traditions that we’d assemble some Oktoberfest thoughts and history for you here. After all, we love beer and pretty much everything that goes with this momentous occasion, which is an annual event lasting 16-18 days throughout the world.
In recent years, the Oktoberfest runs for 16 days with the last day being the first Sunday in October. However, if day 16 falls before October 3rd (German Unity Day), then the festival will continue until the 3rd.
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest Volksfest, a beer festival, and traveling funfair. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16-to-18 day folk festival running from mid-or-late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year.
Every year, festival-goers and patrons attempt to make off with official Oktoberfest beer mugs. The one-liter glasses, or Masskrugs, while fantastic souvenirs are the property of the beer hall or tent landlords. Last year alone, nearly a quarter of a million Masskrugs were recovered by security. Lucky for you, you can get yours here.
The US Census Bureau pegs German heritage at 15 percent of our population making German–Americans the largest self-reported ancestral group in the United States. Correspondingly, there are hundreds of large and small Oktoberfest celebrations held annually throughout the country, the largest being Oktoberfest Zinzinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, but there are many great events you can attend coast-to-coast. Click here for our listing of Oktoberfest events in the United States.
Catch up on your Oktoberfest history. The official Oktoberfet.de website has tons of obscure trivia and history for your enjoyment at https://www.oktoberfest.de/en/article/Oktoberfest+2018/About+the+Oktoberfest/Records+and+obscure+numbers+from+Oktoberfest+history/5143/
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