Hello October – Hello Oktoberfest

It’s that time of year again… The world’s largest, wildest and most famous beer festival is here. Despite the fact that the event’s in the last week of September, Oktoberfest goes on for the first week of October too! Although, in Lebanon, it’s not a big thing, people travel from near and far to take part in the celebrations in places like Bavaria, Germany, Munich and others. The numbers involved in catering for staggering crowds is amazing.
But do you know how it all began? Oktoberfest has its origins in a horse race that took place in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The public celebrations went on for five days and were so popular they were repeated every October, but were brought forward to September to take advantage of the warmer weather. The Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to attend the festivities, held on the fields in front of the city gates. These famous public fields were named Theresienwiese—”Therese’s fields”—in honor of the crown princess; although locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n.”
So a joyful event so long ago, turned into a yearly festival for decades to come.

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