Do you know why the Oktoberfest is celebrated?
Widely known today as the “mother of all beer festivals”, the Oktoberfest tradition derives from the celebration of the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Teresa. On the 12th of October in Munich when Crown Prince Ludwig, who later became king married the Princess Teresa of Sassonia-Hildburghausen. All the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the celebration held in the fields to celebrate the happy royal event. The closing ceremony included a horse race, huge feast for the whole of Bavaria and the following year the decision to repeat the horse races gave rise to the origin of the Oktoberfest tradition.
It was 15 years before Ludwig became the first King and despite the fact that he was unfaithful to his wife and had several extramarital affairs, there was no obstacle to the celebration going ahead .
In honour of the silver wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I of Bavaria and Princess Therese, a traditional costume parade took place in 1835 for the first time. After the wave of revolutions that shook Europe in 1848, the king, his wife and nine children had to go into exile in France. In 1948 they resumed these parades. Since then the parades have been held annually and Oktoberfest is still one of the most anticipated events of the year.
The Bavarians had already decided that this remembrance would be done every year with or without the King, yes, advancing it to the month of September to make better use of the good weather.
The beer festival has now become part of the British culture too and it’s a great way to get together with friends, enjoy some beer and have fun. London hosts one of the biggest Oktoberfests every year in Britain with an average of 50,000 people attending the festival
The main beers sold at the festival is the freshly poured German Bavarian Beer as well as a great selection of German wine for those non beer fans. To accompany the belly full of beer traditional German food is served: Bratwurst, Steak & Burger, Leberkäs, Haxn, Sauerkraut, Roasted potatoes, Hot Dog & Fries, Burgundian ham, Schmalzkuchen, Crepes, Candy, Pretzels, potato chips
The Oktoberfest was cancelled 24 times due to wars on epidemics. From 1914-1918, the outbreak of the first world war prevented the Oktoberfest from taking place. The most tragic event to happen during the beer festival was in September in 1980 when a bomb exploded in a dustbin in Munich and killed 13 people.
The Variety of Beer tents at the Oktoberfest
More than 6 million people turn up every year to celebrate the largest beer festival in the world.
The most popular beer tents belong to the main beer factories that have been based in Munich for centuries: Paulaner, Spaten, Hofbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Augustiner and Löwenbräu. For example, only Hofbräu carp. Has a capacity of 7,000 seats.
Different beer is served in each stand and the interior decor is also different. The different decor transmits a different atmosphere so it really feels like your somewhere else each time you change beer tent
How to Pass for a true Bavarian
All the Oktoberfest lovers are crazy about everything German. Of course the beer wins first place followed by frankfurters, meatballs, sauerkraut and the bavarian outfits.
Here we’ll give you some tips on how to become a real Bavarian
Decorations for the Oktoberfest!
One need not venture all the way to the motherland Munich, or even down to the neighborhood watering hole, to partake in some Deutsch debauchery. Throw your own Oktoberfest party and create your very own biergarten. The on-theme essentials are pretty straightforward and we’ve got everything you need at Funidelia to turn your house into your very own biergarten. We’ve got a lot ideas and tips for this great beer event. Why not keep it traditional with Bavarian blue and white checked decor and Oom-pah folk music.
You could also add some Oktoberfest bunting flags, bavarian shields, white and blue garlands, white and blue plastic plates and plastic cups.
Make it the best beer party ever! No doubt everyone will be talking about this party for weeks with these amazing Oktoberfest Decorations.
Don’t forget to start off the party by singing EIN PROSIT!