While Oktoberfest is now celebrated throughout Europe, and in Asia, the original festival in Munich remains its iconic iteration.
Citizens of Munich are invited to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Festivities are held throughout the whole of Bavaria, culminating in a series of horse races. The decision to repeat the races the following year births an annual tradition.
In addition to the horse races, an agricultural fair is organised in a bid to boost the Bavarian economy. The fair is still held to this day, taking place once every three years. Beer stalls, carousels and other fairground amusements also feature.
To consolidate space, individual beer stands are replaced by larger tents and halls, which are set up by the festival’s hosts with the support of German breweries.
Oktoberfest celebrates its 100th anniversary, marked by the consumption of about 120,000 litres of beer – supposedly a record at that time.
The concept of “quiet Oktoberfest” is introduced, with both young and old attendees in mind. Until 6pm, tents can only play quieter forms of music, limited to 85 decibels, to keep rowdiness in check and preserve the festival’s traditional atmosphere.
The festival continues to grow year on year. The 2017 edition sees a whopping 7.5 million litres of beer being consumed by over 6.2 million revellers – stats that look set to be topped this month.
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This article was originally published in the October 2018 issue of SilverKris magazine