The annual festival “Oktoberfest” is celebrated in the month of October for 2 weeks in Munich (Germany). Recently, the Government of Germany formally announced that the celebrations of Oktoberfest have been cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic. This is the second consecutive year the celebrations are being cancelled.

Oktoberfest

  • The annual festival is a 16-to-18-day long festival that is begins from September to October.
  • More than 6 million (60 lakh) people from all over the world participate in the celebrations.
  • It is called d’Wiesen locally.
  • The Oktoberfest is a part of the Bavarian culture.
  • It is being celebrated in the country since the 1810.
  • During the festival, large quantities of Beer are consumed. In the year 2013, more than 7.7 million litres were served.
  • It was originally celebrated for a duration of 16 days. After 1994, that is, after German unification this was changed. The festival ends on the first Sunday of October usually. However, after unification of Germany, this was extended to 3rd October if the first Sunday falls on October first or October second. 3rd October is celebrated as German Unity Day.
  • The official ground where the festival is called Theresienwiese. It is an open space of 420,000 square metres. It is named after the Princess Therese.

History of the Festival

Munich citizens were invited to attend the celebrations of King Ludwig I wedding with Princess Therese on 12th October 1810. King Ludwig later became King Louis I. He stayed in power till the March revolution or the 1848 revolutions. During the wedding, a parade took place and it has become an annual event sine then.