Oktoberfest was started long ago, it dates back to 1810, when a royal wedding
of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen took
place on Theresienwiese ("Theresa's fields"). As time
passed by, Oktoberfest lost its original meaning, but preserved
and even more acquired the spirit of overall joy and happiness.
Nowadays this is the largest festival in the world gathering up
to 7 million visitors from all over the world to have fun and enjoy
splendid German beers and
authentic German food. Moreover,
since 1995 Oktoberfest has had its own logo!
the name of the traditional place of celebration - Theresienwiese
- Oktoberfest is called by the local people simply "Wiesn".
Another tradition of Oktoberfest is Munich mayor's exclamation "Ozapft
is", or as it sounds in High German "Angezapft ist es"
which means "It's been tapped". The mayor taps the first
keg of beer and Oktoberfest thus gets started.
to statistics, in 2000 6.9 million visitors consumed 6,459,100 liters
of beer + 170,400 liters of non-alcoholic beer, 681,242 fried chicken,
235,474 pairs of bratwurst (pork sausages) and many more German
specialties. Nevertheless they are not just passive eaters and drinkers.
All festivities are accompanied by a rich and spectacular program
of events for the enjoyment and excitement of visitors of all ages.
Each year Munich visitors take part in costumed parades, listen
to various music band concerts, enjoy the famous Circus
Krone performances, and have great time communicating with each
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