Things you probably don't know about Oktoberfest.

  • It started in 1910 when Prince Ludwig, the prince of Bavaria got married to Princess Therese and they invited the people of Bavaria to celebrate with them in a field - the field in Munich where at present, the Oktoberfest is being held.
  • Locals call it Wiesn and Oktoberfest is only it's touristic name. Wiesn is short for Theresienwiese which means Therese's meadow, named in honor of the princess.
  • If you noticed, Oktoberfest doesn't really take place in October. In fact, it's held during the last week of September and goes on for 15 to 18 days. They moved it just to make use of good weather.
  • Oktoberfest has only been cancelled 24 times - during the world war and some epidemic that occurred.
  • Lots of people go here wearing the traditional costume: Dirndl or Trachten for women, and Lederhosen for men.
  • There are more than 30 tents in the area, and the largest tent can fit up to 10,000 people
  • Almost 6 million people come here to visit every year.
  • A liter of beer is called "maß" so when you order one, just say "Ein maß, bitte!"
  • It was originally a horse race.

My friend Rose and I went there yesterday despite the bad weather and it was really fun and interesting to witness the germans celebrating this feast. Vlogged about this too, by the way. You can check it out here.

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