Oktoberfest 2014 - let the world's biggest beer party begin
Oktoberfest is the world's largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany kicks off this weekend.
The 16-day festival attracts more than 6 million people from around the world every year. Locally, it is often simply called Wiesn, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese) themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the 16 days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October.
In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. I
Some curious Oktoberfest facts and traditions
Munich beer only
The only beer you’ll find during the festival is brewed within the city limits of Munich. Only beers that fit this criteria are considered Oktoberfest Beers.
Oktoberfest started as a wedding feast
The first Oktoberfest was held to honour the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, in 1810.
How strong is the beer?
Oktoberfest beer has from 0.6 to 1.1% more alcohol and sugar than the average german beer, making it even easier for people to forget all their worries, their hats, their names…
Cancelled 24 times
In 200 years, Oktoberfest has only been cancelled 24 times. The causes were mostly war and cholera epidemics.
Belfast Telegraph Digital