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.

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Entry relat­ed to loca­tion: Munich

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.

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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.
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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:

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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:

See also
Bridge of Lovers in Cologne

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: