Crowd at Oktoberfest in Munich


The 179th annual Oktoberfest is on in Munich, Germany at the moment. For those of you who did not know, the Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world. More than 6 million people from all over the globe attend the 16 day long festival annually.

Oktoberfest was first held in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Horse races in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the beer festival. Over the past 200 years Oktoberfest has been cancelled 24 times due to cholera epidemics and war. For example, there was no Oktoberfest between 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 (due to the outbreak of the First and Second World War).

In 2010 7.1 million liters of Beer was consumed at Oktoberfest. Lost items totalled nearly 4000 (among them 260 pairs of glasses, 200 mobile phones, wedding rings and even 500 crutches). Quite insane if you ask me. I have to check this out some day. In this photo (taken by Matthias Schrader) young people celebrate the opening ceremony in the Hofbraeuzelt beer tent at Oktoberfest on the 22nd of September this year. This photo has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo on Running Wolf’s Rant for the 28th of September 2012.

Crowd-at-Oktoberfest-in-Munich-in-2012-720x488 Crowd at Oktoberfest in Munich

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