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.
Interesting facts about Oktoberfest
Did you know that it’s prohibited to sell alcohol under 6% volume?
Did you know that all the beers served at the Oktoberfest have to be brewed within the Munich region? It’s a way of ensuring that during its transit from the factory to the Theresienwiese field the beer doesn’t lose its flavour or properties.
People place bets on the number of strokes it takes the mayor to tap the keg, the record currently sits at 2 strokes and when it’s open he shouts “ O zapft is” which basically translates to “it’s tapped”.
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
The main player at the Oktoberfest: The Beer!
Over 6 million litres of beer is consumed each year!! Generally in the big and small tents, the price for a mass (1 litre) of Oktoberfest beer lies between 10.40€ to 10.70.€. The usual opening hours of the tents are from 10am to 11pm mid-week and 10:30 am to 11:30pm at the weekends.
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
Learn to Sing "EIN PROSIT!"
EIN PROSIT : Learn to sing "Ein Prosit", a classic Oktoberfest tune. The song is very short, and you can start singing it with your first pint of beer:
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit Der Gemütlichkeit Ein Prosit, ein Prosit Der Gemütlichkeit. OANS ZWOA DREI! G’SUFFA!
And the translation for this song is as follows:
Comfort and happiness
Comfort and happiness
ONE...TWO...THREE… LET’S GET DRUNK!
With a few beers in your system you’ll catch on to that german accent in no time!!!
Dress like a real Bavarian
Crowds turn up at the Oktoberfest each year dressed in Bavarian Costumes to really experience the German culture. We have the perfect costumes for you at Funidelia so you can show up as an authentic Bavarian at the Oktoberfest.
Check out our super selection of Bavarian costumes in our large catalog online
The women’s bavarian dress is called Dirndl, while the guys usually wear the traditional Lederhosen with a checkered shirt or a cardigan. There are numerous variations of the traditional dress originating from different areas in Bavaria and we’ve got all of them.
Woman Bavarian Costume
The Bavarian girls are one of the lead players in the Oktoberfest with the traditional Tyrolean women's costumes.
The dirndl originated as a more hardy form of the costume worn today: the uniform of Austrian domestic workers during the 19th century (Dirndlgewand means "maid's dress"). Simple forms were also worn commonly by working women in plain colors or a simple check. The Austrian upper classes adopted the dirndl as high fashion in the 1870s, making it a highly fashionable and popular must-have item in the nation soon after and this is how it caught on with the Oktoberfest.
The Oktoberfest celebration and the traditions of girls wearing dirndls has spread across the German borders. Before they were only available in plain, dull colours but nowadays of course they can be found in bright and joyful colours. It’s also now considered a sexy outfit that reveals a lot more of the female body.
If you’re going to go all out, then wearing a blonde wig to accompany your dress is a MUST( we recommend to take a look at our wide selection of blonde wigs)
The dirndl consists of a bodice, a low-cut blouse with short puff sleeves, full skirt and apron.
The Legend of the symbol of the Ribbon on the Dirndl
Bavarian “Dirndl”-ribbon ABC:
ribbon on the right side: married
ribbon on the left side: not married
ribbon in the middle: virgin
Will you be able to remember these facts when you’ve a few litres in your system?
Man Bavarian Costume
The Lederhosen, originally inspired by the Landhausmode, dates back hundreds of years and was commonly worn by peasants and poor people. This turned around, however, and in the 1800’s it became fashionable again as King Ludwig was a big fan of this attire.
The masculine version of this style is composed of a shirt, the classic hat of alpine felt known as “the tracthenhut”, thick woolen socks with a bow that cover the entire calf, shoes, which in the past were used as work shoes made specifically for their resistance and stability, known as the haferlshuhe and then the Lederhosen (leather trousers,with braces(Hosenträger) attached, similar to dungarees .
There are 3 versions of Lederhosen:
The kurze lederhose: knee length and worn by the young
The kniebund lederhose: the most popular and passes the knee.
Lange lederhose: ankle length
Another characteristic of the Lederhosen is the Messertasche which is a small pocket on the right leg made for sheathing the knife.
The traditional colour of lederhose is brown or black, although other colours such as gray or dark green can also be seen today.
If you’re a true Oktoberfest lover then you can choose the perfect outfit and colour that suits you from our wide selection of Oktoberfest costumes. However, if you’re planning on going to Munich this year and want to stand out from the crowd we’d definitely recommend other alternatives such as the beer barrel costume or the drunk Bavarian costume etc.
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!