What Is Oktoberfest?
Oktoberfest is the world’s largest folk festival. It brings 6 million individuals from everywhere throughout the world to Munich, Germany consistently. It lasts 16-18 days from the middle of September to the first weekend of October. The festival leads up to the Germany Unity Day on the 3rd of October (public holiday), which celebrates the day that Germany was united in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The entry to the festival area and the beer tents are free If you have reserved your table first. Otherwise you have to pay to get entry in the fest and beer tents. For this fest, many companies book tables to invite their cooperation partners and customers.
The Oktoberfest is a beer festival, but also a gigantic amusement park where you can enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, games and stalls selling everything from candy, waffles, popcorn, Oktoberfest clothes, and souvenirs.
Now many countries started organizing Oktoberfest in their own places but the Oktoberfest from ‘Theresienwiese’ have an original spirit.
The History Of Oktoberfest
The Oktoberfest actually started as a wedding party. The locals call this festival “Wiesn”, named after “Theresienwiese” that is the grounds of which the festival is held at. The Theresienwiese area is huge, 420,000 square metres, and is named after Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.
This area is where Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and crown prince Ludwig I had their big wedding October 12, 1810, inviting all citizens to their wedding party.
Since then, the Oktoberfest is celebrated here every year to commemorate their wedding. Pretty cool that a wedding led to this big festival 209 years later! It must have been a very memorable wedding….
Traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest Food
At the festival you can buy a wide variety of traditional German foods, like:
- Hendl (roasted chicken)
- Schweinebraten (roasted pork)
- Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock)
- Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick)
- Würstl (sausages)
- Brezen (pretzels)
- Knödel (potato or bread dumplings)
- Käsespätzle (cheese noodles)
- Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes)
- Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage)
- Obatzda (a spicy cheese-butter spread)
- Weißwurst (a white sausage)
The Traditional Oktoberfest Clothes – Dirndl and Lederhosen
At the Oktoberfest, and all over Munich, you will see women and girls wearing the traditional dress Dirndl and men and boys wearing the traditional leather pants Lederhosen.
The Dirndl comes in many different colours and styles, and the Dirndl trends vary from year to year. Some are really expensive and well-made, while you can find cheap tourist versions as well. The dress can be long or short.
If you are looking for a flirt, you should look for girls having the belt knot (bow tie) to their left side of the waist, which means they are single. The bow tie in the middle of the waist means she is a virgin while having the bow tie to her right side means that she is married or in a relationship.
This is a beautifully decorated gingerbread in the shape of a heart (it can be big or small) with text written on it.
This is both for decoration and to give to people you love or are fond of. It reminds me a bit of Valentine actually. You will see hearts everywhere. The perfect Oktoberfest souvenir!
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