What is Oktoberfest?
As we all know the famous Oktoberfest happens every year in Germany, didnt happen this year though due to Covid pandemic. Definitely we all missed it. But what is the real history of this festival and how it started is a fascinating story.When the king Ludwig married on October 12 year 1810, citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. Horse races and other celebrations were held on 18 October to honor the newlyweds.The precise origins of the festival and horse races remain unclear, however, the decision to repeat the horse races, spectacle, and celebrations in 1811 launched what is now the annual Oktoberfest tradition.after which the Oktoberfest grew from year to year.
At the 100th anniversary of Oktoberfest in 1910, an estimated 120,000 litres of beer were consumed. Three years later, the “Bräurosl” was founded, which at that time was the largest pavilion to have ever been built, accommodating approximately 12,000 people.
The year 2010 marked the Oktoberfest Bicentennial. For the anniversary, a horse race in historical costumes was held on opening day. A so-called historische Wiesn (historical Oktoberfest) took place, starting one day earlier than usual on the southern part of the festival grounds. A specially brewed beer (solely available at the tents of the historical Oktoberfest), horse races, and a museum tent gave visitors an impression of how the event felt two centuries ago.
In 2013, 6.4 million people visited Oktoberfest, and visitors were served 6.7 million litres of beer.
On April 21, 2020, Bavarian Minister President Markus Söder and the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, announced the official cancellation of the 2020 Oktoberfest due to the ongoing Corona pandemic
Oktober fest remains the worlds biggest beer festival happens every year in Munich Germany, It is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid- or late September to the first Sunday in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year.