Millions of beer drinkers from around the world crowd into the Bavarian capital for the Oktoberfest 2012 festival that is also a showcase for Bavarian culture. The women wear a traditional outfit – Drindl – which consists of a bodice, a skirt, a blouse and an apron – and revellers take part in processions of regional costumes.
Last Saturday, the 179th Oktoberfest opened in Munich, Germany, with the traditional tapping of the first keg of beer by Munich’s mayor, Christian Ude, as he shouted, “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!”). The Bavarian festival is open until October 7, and 6 million people are expected to attend. Last year, visitors drank nearly 8 million one-liter mugs of beer. Attendance is free, but the beer will cost you: This year, the price of a mug at any of the 14 tents comes to €9.50 ($12.30 U.S.).
The fest features beer tents, sales booths, souvenir shops, carnival rides and restaurants serving traditional delicacies. The Schottenhamel tent is the most important at the festival. It is here that the Mayor taps the first Oktoberfest beer barrel, after which the other tents are permitted to start serving.
The event was first held in 1810 to celebrate the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen in October.”The Schottenhamel tent, which in 1867 was just a small beer booth with 50 seats, has become the largest Wiesn tent with circa 10,000 seats. The Schottenhamel is the favourite hunting ground for Munich’s young people, who meet there to drink and party,” according to the official website of the Oktoberfest.
Gathered here are some scenes from the Germany Oktoberfest 2012′s first week.
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