Oktoberfest Facts

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Oktoberfest facts

Oktoberfest is the world’s biggest beer festival that is celebrated in Munich, Germany each year and lasts for 16 days. Oktoberfest is steeped in rich history that dates back to 1810 when it was celebrated for the first time in the Bavarian capital of Theresienwiese as a wedding feast to toast the union of Bavarian king Ludwig 1 and Maria Therese of Saxonia. For 200 years, people from all over the world have flown to Theresienwiese to celebrate that event, but now this festival is not only for Germans, it is held at many other towns and cities worldwide.

Despite its name, Oktoberfest starts in the third week of September and lasts until the first Sunday of October. Before the festivity begins, 6 million people start gathering on the famous tented meadows to take part in the celebration. The festival is mainly about the beer that is consumed in a 16 ounces glass stein, along with meat items

Following are some of the facts related to Oktoberfest that you may not be aware of:

Any beer could be Oktoberfest bier?

Oktoberfest biers are the beers that are consumed during feast. Only six breweries are allowed to present their beer. They each get their own tents where they serve only their beer. These six breweries are Hofbräuhaus München, Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, Paulaner Bräu, Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr Bräu and Augustiner Bräu. The largest tent, Schottenhamel, has capacity to hold more than 10,000 people and only Spaten beer is served in it. If you want to have a break from beer then try the Weinzelt tent where you can get wine and champagne too.

Remember! Tipsy can’t do it

Did you know a Bavarian native named Anita Schwarz set a new world record in 2008 by holding 19 mugs of beer weighing less than 100 lbs. at one time? That’s true—she covered a distance of 40 meters while holding them and did not let a single drop to fall.

Never attempt to sneak off with the masskrugs

The beer is served in an official Oktoberfest beer mug with a 1 liter capacity. More than 5 million of these mugs circulate during the event. Some people try to sneak off with them as fantastic souvenirs but they are the property of the tent owners. Guards are appointed near the entrance to watch for any mug leaving the tent; even then, according to estimates, an average of 35,000 mugs are lost every year. If you are caught leaving with one, be ready for a 60 Euro penalty. Otherwise, you can always buy one from the Oktoberfest vendors.

What else with beer? Savory item?

Apart from beer, there is a lot more on the menu. Among beverages and drinks, there are 80,000 liters of wine, 223,000 liters of tea and coffee, 32,000 liters of sparkling wine, and 910,000 liters of water and lemonade to quench the visitors’ thirst. Among savory items, fest revelers have the option for roast chicken, pork sausages, roasted pork knuckles, and more.  According to an estimate, every year 522,000 chickens, 143,000 pork sausages, 59,000 pork knuckles, 39,000 kg chicken, 104 oxen, and 53 calves are served.

After so much eating and drinking, you can expect lots of waste, which needs to be properly managed and disposed of. An average of 680 tons of waste is collected every year. To facilitate revelers, about 980 seated toilettes, 878 meters of urinals, and 17 toilets for disabled people are set up every year.

Fun could be dangerous

During Oktoberfest you can see some revelers strewn throughout the meadows. The beer consumed during the festivity is strong and contains 7.5% to 8% of alcohol and some people drink a lot more than they can handle. Such consumers are more prone to dehydration on warm afternoons , which can lead to death. . Some drunken revelers reportedly use steins as weapons to hit others, causing serious injuries.  After a few incidents happened in the past, Munich police began charging attackers with assault with a deadly weapon. Moreover, some sexual harassment cases have also been reported in recent years.

Not Allowed!

Oktoberfest authorities are very cornered about maintaining the true essence of the festival. If someone tries to cross the boundaries defined by authorities, he or she could be banned forever from the event. In 2006, Paris Hilton was banned from the event after she was caught promoting a regional canned wine.

Colorful Tradition

dirndl - oktoberfest facts

A traditional dress typically worn by  Bavarian ladies known as a ‘Dirndl’ is commonly seen in the event. It is comprised of a bodice, skirt, blouse, and apron. Each town has its own traditional costume; therefore you will see a variety of colorful dresses. The knot attached on the apron indicates the marital status of the lady—a knot tied on the left indicates she is single, on the right means she is married or committed, and a knot tied on the back means she is widowed.

Apart from eating and drinking, Oktoberfest is full of fun-based activities. People from other countries come to participate in the festivities to commemorate the royal wedding held in 1810. To avoid any unpleasant incidents, revelers must abide and follow the rules set by the Oktoberfest authorities because they are for our safety and security.

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