The world’s largest beer festival opened on Saturday in Munich, Germany. More than 6 million guests from all over the world are expected this year in beer tents to celebrate the 16-day extravaganza called Oktoberfest 2012.
The first Oktoberfest is believed to have been organized over two centuries ago to celebrate the wedding of the Bavarian Prince Ludwig on October 12, 1810. The people of Munich were invited to the square in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal wedding. Today, Oktoberfest is a global holiday that is celebrated all over the world.
Last year, visitors drank almost 8 million liter mugs of beer during the celebration. Apart from beer, people also enjoy a wide variety of traditional German food such as chicken, roast pork, ham, potatoes, dumplings, sausages, and many other delicacies. Last year, Oktoberfest guests ate 522,000 fried chickens, 125,000 sausages, 69,000 piglets and 118 oxen.
A girl in traditional Bavarian dress rides a carousel during the Theresienwiese Oktoberfest in Munich. September 23, 2012:
Street actors perform during the Oktoberfest parade:
A crowd of people filled the exhibition area during the opening of the 179th beer festival Oktoberfest 2012:
A man in traditional Bavarian clothes also wore a very original hat decorated with hops. The action takes place on September 22, 2012 before the opening of the Oktoberfest festival:
A man, cheered by the crowd, pours a glass of beer on his head:
The waitress carries beer mugs to the tent, where the festivities are already in full swing. September 22, Oktoberfest has already opened:
People filled the ‘Hacker-Festzelt’ tent to capacity during the opening of the beer festival in Munich:
Further, I suggest you admire the colorful visitors of this event, multi-colored pavilions, as well as feel the atmosphere and fun of this holiday: