Oktoberfest Facts

Oktoberfest Facts

There are some interesting Oktoberfest facts which attract everybody towards the grand fiesta. Markets and malls are crowded with a large selection of traditional Oktoberfest goodies, food, outfits and beer. Oktoberfest lasts for almost seventeen days beginning from the third weekend of September to the first Sunday of October. Oktoberfest celebration is about 200 years old. It basically belongs to the Bavaria region in Germany.

Take a look at a few facts about the Oktoberfest celebration.

  • During the Oktoberfest, one can spot women flaunting their fabulous dirndls. Essentially, dirndl comprises a bodice, a blouse, a full skirt and an apron. Bodice is worn over a frilled and laced blouse which is generally white. In contrast, the skirt is covered by an apron. Usually a close fitting bodice along with a full skirt gathered at the waist about knee-length keeps in tone with the traditional dirndls.

  • To appear traditional, women also wear a Pendant with a fine Edelweiss as a centerpiece.

  • Available in wide and exclusive patterns, traditional Oktoberfest wears rule the festival season. Strikingly patterned and brilliantly colorful, dirndls often come with neat braiding and piping. They are finely tailored and created from expensive hand-made or silk fabrics.

  • First Oktoberfest ever took place on October 121810 in Munich's. On this day King Ludwig I wedded Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in front of the citizens of Munich. Celebration was so grand the citizens decided to honor it talk about it for years to come. Since then the Germans have religiously celebrated the carnival except for 24 times due to war or epidemic.

  • Initially, Oktoberfest was 16 days festival comprising the first Sunday in October. However since 1994, Oktoberfest dates were modified. It was decided if the first Sunday in October comes on October 1 or 2 the festival would include October 3, which is the German Unity Day.

  • Agricultural Show is one of the oldest Oktoberfest traditions to boost the Bavarian agriculture.

  • Oktoberfest is often referred as Bavarian beer festival. It's unbelievable, but initially, beer was not a part of the Oktoberfest. However, with time the Oktoberfest venues were open vendors giving way to the popular traditional beer halls. The fest sees biggest beer-tents offering unique entertainments.

  • About seven million visitors visit Munich to witness the grandeur of the Oktoberfest. The other parts of the world witness Oktoberfest celebrations on a smaller scale.

  • German wine too adds further charm to the celebration. Different wines and champagnes are served on the occasion.

  • Traditional Bavarian menus like bratwurst, hot potato salad, spit-roasted chicken, German chocolate cake, wienerschnitzel are prepared during the festival.

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