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Oktoberfest 2016 - from Belfast to Munich [Photos]

Published 13/10/2016

Visitors enjoy the atmosphere and take selfies as a waitress serves beer mugs during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016.
Visitors enjoy the atmosphere and take selfies as a waitress serves beer mugs during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016.
Visitors react as a waitress carries the beer mugs, during the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival in a festival tent at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany, on September 17, 2016. The World's largest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 3, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Visitors hold up one-litre glasses of beer to kick off the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Hofbraeu tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Douglas Costa of FC Bayern Muenchen and Louise attend the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Wiesenschaenke tent at Theresienwiese on October 2, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 08: Prince Damien and Doreen Steinert during the Angermaier Kicks Off Oktoberfest Season With 'Trachten-Nacht' on September 8, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 08: (L-R) Elena Kilb, Tanja Tischewitsch, Astrid Soell and Angelina Heger during the Angermaier Kicks Off Oktoberfest Season With 'Trachten-Nacht' on September 8, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Gitta Saxx, Giulia Siegel and Sonja Kiefer attend the Charity Lunch at 'Zur Bratwurst' during the Oktoberfest 2016 on September 27, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Roberto Blanco (C) and his wife Luzandra with her brother during the Radio Gong 96,3 Wiesn during the Oktoberfest 2016 on September 21, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 24: Hans-Reiner Schroeder (BMW) and his wife Katerina Schroeder in the Kaeferschaenke beer tent during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 24, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: Topmodel Franziska Knuppe and her husband Christian Moestl during the Oktoberfest attend the BILD Wiesn at Marstall Festzelt during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 26, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: Yasmina Filali and Verena Kerth attend the BILD Wiesn at Marstall Festzelt during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 26, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: Topmodel Franziska Knuppe, wearing a Lola Paltinger Dirndl, during the Oktoberfest attend the BILD Wiesn at Marstall Festzelt during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 26, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 27: Angelika Zwerenz attends the Charity Lunch at 'Zur Bratwurst' during the Oktoberfest 2016 on September 27, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Members of traditional Bavarian costume associations (Trachtenverein), Bavarian bands and riflemen's associations participate in the annual riflemen's parade during day 2 of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 18, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Team coach Carlo Ancelotti of FC Bayern Muenchen attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Wiesenschaenke tent at Theresienwiese on October 2, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Vanessa Mai, Andreas Ferber, Andrea Berg and Uli Ferber during the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Schottenhamel tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Philipp Lahm of FC Bayern Muenchen and his wife Claudia attend the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Wiesenschaenke tent at Theresienwiese on October 2, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 08: Angelina Heger and Tanja Tischewitsch during the Angermaier Kicks Off Oktoberfest Season With 'Trachten-Nacht' on September 8, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Kingsley Coman of FC Bayern Muenchen and his wife Sephora attend the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Wiesenschaenke tent at Theresienwiese on October 2, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Philipp Lahm of FC Bayern Muenchen and Claudia Lahm attend the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Wiesenschaenke tent at Theresienwiese on October 2, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) DTM BMW pilots Bruno Spengler, Antonio Felix da Costa, Martin Tomczyk slide at the 'Muenchner Rutsch'n' during the BMW Wiesn Sport-Stammtisch 2016 at Kafers Wiesn Schaenke beer tent at Theresienwiese on September 20, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images For BMW)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 24: Model Lena Gercke and partner Kilian Mueller-Wohlfahrt in the Kaeferschaenke beer tent during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 24, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Visitors take a ride on a funfair ride in front of the church 'Paulskirche' during day 2 of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 18, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 27: (L-R) Astrid Soell and Gitta Saxx attend the Charity Lunch at 'Zur Bratwurst' during the Oktoberfest 2016 on September 27, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: Dominik Raacke and girlfriend Alexandra Rohleder attend the BILD Wiesn at Marstall Festzelt during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 26, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 24: Model Lena Gercke and partner Kilian Mueller-Wohlfahrt in the Kaeferschaenke beer tent during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 24, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: Nina Ruge attends the BILD Wiesn at Marstall Festzelt during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 26, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Visitors take a ride on a funfair ride in front of the church 'Paulskirche' during day 2 of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 18, 2016 in Munich, Germany. The 2016 Oktoberfest is taking place under heightened security due to fears over international terrorism. The fest will be open to the public through October 3. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Thiago of FC Bayern Muenchen and Julia Vigas attend the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Wiesenschaenke tent at Theresienwiese on October 2, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: Uli Ferber, Andrea Berg and Andreas Ferber during the opening of the 2016 Oktoberfest beer festival in the Schottenhamel tent at Theresienwiese on September 17, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 26: Topmodel Franziska Knuppe during the Oktoberfest attend the BILD Wiesn at Marstall Festzelt during the Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 26, 2016 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)

Oktoberfest is the world's largest funfair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

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?

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A reveller dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing `Dirndl` holds a beer mug at Schottenhamel beer tent during the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe in the world's largest beer fest. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A reveller dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing `Dirndl` holds a beer mug at Schottenhamel beer tent during the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe in the world's largest beer fest. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Revellers chat together sitting on the floor outside a beer tent during the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe in the world's largest beer fest. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A reveller dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing `Dirndl` holds beer mugs at Schottenhamel beer tent at the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe in the world's largest beer fest. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Oktoberfest - the world's biggest beer festival
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman enjoys the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Traditional Bavarian folk dress march in the Parade of Costumes and Riflemen (Trachten- und Schuetzenzug) on the second day of the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienhoehe on September 21, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe in the world's largest beer fest. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Young girls chat together sitting on the floor outside a beer tent during the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe in the world's largest beer fest. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: Revellers reach for the first beer mugs at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe to the the world's largest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 16: Women dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing Dirndl attend the annual beer tasting prior to the 2014 Oktoberfest in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 16, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The men meet every year shortly before Oktoberfest to sample and discuss the merits of the Oktoberfest brews of Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner and Hofbraeu, which are the six Munich breweries and the only breweries allowed to participate in Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the world's biggest beer bash and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: General view of the Theresienwiese on the first evening on the opening day of the 2014 Oktoberfest at Theresienwiese on September 20, 2014 in Munich, Germany. The 181st Oktoberfest will be open to the public from September 20 through October 5 and traditionally draws millions of visitors from across the globe in the world's largest beer fest. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy a fairground ride during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in bavarian style clothes raise their glasses after getting their first Oktoberfest-beer in the Schottenhamel-tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A young woman enjoys drinking the first beer during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A woman enjoys the first beer at the opening day of the Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers attend the opening day of he Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers attend the opening day of he Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Visitors in bavarian style clothes ("Dirndl") go to the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Many visitors arrived early to the festival to secure good places in the beer tents. Munichs mayor Christian Ude launches the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A waitress brings glasses of beer to the heads of the six Munich breweries meeting to taste their special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Thomas Mueller of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with Lisa Mueller the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Philipp Lahm of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with his wife Claudia Lahm the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Daniel van Buyten of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with his wife Celine van Buyten the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Manuel Neuer of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with Katrin the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 07: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk of FC Bayern Muenchen attends with Nadiya the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Kaefer Wiesnschaenke tent on October 7, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Niedermueller/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Grigoris Makos of 1860 Muenchen attends with his wife Athena Makos the Oktoberfest 2012 at Hacker Festzelt on October 2, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - OCTOBER 02: Robert Schaefer, CEO of 1860 Muenchen attends with his wife Karin Schaefer the Oktoberfest 2012 at Hacker Festzelt on October 2, 2012 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Revellerds, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Revellers, dressed with traditional Bavarian clothes celebrate at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Gitta Saxx attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Verena Kerth attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A traditionally Bavarian dressed young woman enjoys drinking beer at Loewenbraeu beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Young women seen with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A young woman waits for the opening of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Norbert Dobeleit and Tamara Sedmak attend the Boris Becker Oktoberfest Golf trophy party at the Hippodrom tent on September 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Sabine Lanz attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
Women in traditional dress pose with beer mugs at the Oktoberfest beer festival
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Verena Kerth attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
Two barmaids serve up the beers at an Octoberfest event in Belfast
Revellers at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer festival and draws millions of visitors.
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers attend the opening day of he Oktoberfest at Hofbraeu tent on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
People celebrate the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent of the 180th Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6, 2013 will attract more than six million guests from around the world. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: People enjoy riding on a merry-go-round at the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing attend the Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in Bavarian style clothes raise their glasses after getting their first Oktoberfest beer in the Schottenhamel-tent at the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Shortly before Munich mayor Christian Ude (SPD) had tapped the first barrel with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!") to launch the festival. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Revellers reach for the first beer mug at Hofbraeuhaus beer tent during day 1 of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Waitresses wave beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: A Visitors wait for the start of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Visitors in bavarian style clothes pose in front of the main entrance of the Oktoberfest 2013 beer festival at Theresienwiese on September 21, 2013 in Munich, Germany. Munichs mayor Christian Ude will launch the Oktoberfest at 12.00 o'clock in the Schottenhamel-tent by tapping the first barrel of beer with the traditional "O'zapft is!" ("It's tapped!"). The Munich Oktoberfest, which this year will run from September 21 through October 6, is the world's largest beer fest and draws millions of visitors. (Photo by Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 17: A female guest attending the annual get-together of the six Munich brewery heads compares glasses filled with different Oktoberfest beers as the men taste each others' breweries' special Oktoberfest brews in the cellar of the Munich Beer and Oktoberfest Museum on September 17, 2013 in Munich, Germany. The men, along with Oktoberfest beer tent owners, meet once a year shortly before Oktoberfest to taste each others' beers, which are specially brewed for the Oktoberfest season. At Oktoberfest, which has a tradition going back 202 years, only the six breweires, namely, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Loewenbraeu, Paulaner, Augustiner Hofbraeu, that brew their beer within the city limits are allowed to participate in the annual event that draws millions of visitors (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: Girls dressed in Bavarian dirndl attend day 1 of Oktoberfest beer festival near Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Members of a brass band wearing traditional Bavarian clothes participate in the riflemen's parade during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 23: Polish girls, dressed with traditional Polish costume enjoy drinking beer after participating in the opening parade during day 2 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 22, 2012 in Munich, Germany.This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 28: Revellers enjoy themselves as they drink beer outside the Braeurosl beer tent during day 7 of Oktoberfest beer festival on September 28, 2012 in Munich, Germany. This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Gina Lisa Lohfink attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
Young women wave with their beer steins while riding a decorated coach to the opening of the famous Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. Some six million visitors from around the globe are expected to come to the Bavarian capital, until the end of the world famous beer festival on Oct. 4, 2009. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: A waitress carries beer mugs at the Schottenhamel beer tent on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Brass musicians participate the opening parade during day 1 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 19: Young women greet with beer mugs during the opening parade of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 19, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Sandy Meyer-Woelden arrives for the Boris Becker Oktoberfest Golf trophy party at the Hippodrom tent on September 28, 2008 in Munich, Germany
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Lilly Becker and Franziska Knuppe attend the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
Rachel McCarey, Kelly Masson and Maria McBride at Oktoberfest in Custom House Square, Belfast
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 18: Isabel Edvardsson attends the Oktoberfest beer festival at Kaefer Schaenke beer tent on September 18, 2011 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 20: A traditionally Bavarian dressed woman enjoys drinking beer at Schottenhamel beer tent during day 2 of the Oktoberfest beer festival on September 20, 2009 in Munich, Germany. The riflemen's parade marks day 2 of the Munich Oktoberfest beer festival. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 21: Three women pose for a picture at the Hofbraeuhaus beer tent on September 21 2009 in Munich, Germany. Oktoberfest is Germany's and the world largest fair. About six million people attend the sixteen-day festival during late September and early October. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Aoife MacSherry, Holly Seymour, Laura McDonald and Maeve Browne at Oktoberfest in Custom House Square

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.

 

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Oktoberfest at King's Hall. 2nd October 2015 by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
People out at the King's Hall for Oktoberfest. Saturday 1st October 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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