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The Covid-19 outbreak caused a two-year break in Oktoberfest in Germany, but it is now making a return.
The biggest beer festival in the world, Oktoberfest, returned to its regular schedule on Saturday after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak. This marks the end of the sabbatical.
The event typically draws around 6 million visitors to Munich each year, including tourists from all over the world, many of whom are dressed in “Lederhosen,” or leather trousers, a traditional component of Bavarian culture.
The legendary beer festival started with Munich’s mayor tapping the first keg and saying “o’zapft is,” or “it’s tapped,” in the local time zone. Then, throngs of revelers rushed into venues at 9:00 a.m. local time to get good seating.
The Oktoberfest is currently in its 187th iteration, and Euronews has gathered a collection of some of the best images from the event, including pictures of the bicep-testing beer glasses, dinner-plant-sized pretzels, people dressed traditionally, and much more.
Drinking beer and eating sausages, pretzels, and/or pig knuckles while enjoying oompah music is the norm at long communal tables where revelers gather.
Originally, the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October was when Munich’s Oktoberfest was held. However, that timetable was modified in 1994 with the reunification of Germany, and now the festival lasts until German Unity Day, which is on October 3 if the first Sunday falls on October 1 or 2.
Earlier this year, Dieter Reiter, the mayor of Munich, declared that the Covid-19 limitations would not apply to the Oktoberfest, which runs from September 17 to October 3.
What to know about the Oktoberfest
With a beer festival and a mobile amusement park, Oktoberfest is the biggest Volksfest in the entire world. In Germany’s Bavaria state capital of Munich, it is held yearly. Over six million domestic and international guests attended the 16- to 18-day folk festival, which took place from mid or late-September through approximately the first Sunday in October. It is known as d’Wiesn in the neighborhood, which is derived from the Theresienwiese, the informal name for the fairs. Being celebrated every year since 1810, Oktoberfest is a significant aspect of Bavarian culture. As a replica of the original Munich celebration, Oktoberfest is also celebrated in other locations across the world.
Numerous mugs of Oktoberfest beer are drunk during the celebration. For instance, 7.7 million liters of beer were served during the 16-day event in 2014, making it the Oktoberfest year with the highest beer consumption volume. Visitors also enjoy assorted attractions like games, side kiosks, and rides. Several different traditional meals are also offered in a wide variety.
Sixteen days before the first Sunday in October marked the first time the Munich Oktoberfest was held. Due to the unification of Germany in 1994, this long-standing schedule was altered. So, if the first Sunday in October happens on the first or second, the festival would continue until October 3 (German Unity Day). So, the festival now lasts 17 days when the first Sunday falls on October 2 and 18 days when it falls on October 1. For the bicentennial celebration of the event in 2010, the festival ran until the first Monday in October (October 4).
Oktoberfest had 6.4 million guests in 2013, and those visitors consumed 6.7 million liters of beer.
The 2020 Oktoberfest was officially canceled on April 21, 2020, as a result of the current coronavirus pandemic, according to Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter and Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder. The announcement that the Oktoberfest break would be prolonged and the following Oktoberfest would be held in 2022 was made on May 3, 2021, by Minister-President Söder and Mayor Reiter. Söder observed that social isolation was impossible in the beer tents at the festival.
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