Oktoberfest is a six-day Bavarian beer holiday held annually between Sept and October from the German city of Munich. Oktoberfest brings in an estimated $1.2 billion and employs about 12, 000 Workers, based on Munich’s tourist office. Since documents were kept, starting in 1980, the most significant audience drawn to Oktoberfest was more than seven million people from the year 1985, 2007 saw 6.2 million festival attendees. Festival Dates – Ordinarily, the Munich Oktoberfest has been held on the 16 days leading up into including the first Sunday in October. Starting in 1994, the dates were altered for when the very first Sunday in October drops October two or one.
The holiday will then finish on October 3, German Unity Day.
Highlights from History of Oktoberfest
The very first Oktoberfest was held October 12, 1810, to memorialize the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony Hildburghausen. The citizens of Munich were invited into the royal marriage, which took place in the front of the city gates on Theresienwiese baptized fields, which translates to Theresa’s Fields. Oktoberfest, an anniversary party of sorts, came into being when the final horse racing event became an annual heritage.
Today, locals just call it the Wiesn.
Oktoberfest During The Years
The Agricultural Show, just held every 3 years, is the oldest heritage still distinguished by the festivals first years. By 1896, beer stands were substituted with tented beer halls sponsored with Bavarian breweries. The largest change from Oktoberfest history came with a 2008 ruling slapping Bavaria with one of all Europes strictest smoking bans. Difficult to defend the law with crowds numbering from the millions, the ban has been relaxed during Oktoberfest and tents are making certain concessions for smokers.
Beer Served in Oktoberfest
The beer worked at Oktoberfest are sourced from six Munich breweries: Spaten, Augustiner, Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbrau, and Lwenbru.
The beer is served in 1 litre glasses known as a mass, German for measure. Beer camping tent proprietors frequently charge a refundable deposit for the glass. Many beer Tents require making reservations prior to the holiday.
Oktoberfest Opening Ceremony
Oktoberfest kicks off with a parade with holiday employees, landlords, horse-drawn floats and beer camping tent bands to the fairgrounds.
At noon, the mayor of all Munich calls out, Ozapft is! , which translates to Its tapped! , and hands the very first beer off to Bavarian minister president. Shannon Marks began her journalism career in 1994. She has been a reporter at the Beachcomber from Rehoboth Beach, Del., and contributed to Philadelphia Weekly. Marks also served as a research editor, reporter and contributing author in lifestyle, travel and entertainment magazines from New York.