Thursday, October 05, 2006 AD

It Ends In Germany...

...But the festivities are beginning here.

I didn't know this about Oktoberfest:

The official sign of fall, for us, is the beginning of Oktoberfest! This festive celebration was established in October of 1810 by Prince Ludwig of Bavaria (crowned as King Ludwig I) in celebration of his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. The unusual thing was that the general public was invited to share in his celebration. At the time, such a thing was unheard of ā€“ nobles rarely associated themselves with the general public ā€“ however, some 40,000 Bavarians attended the celebration in Munich on what is now called Theresienwiese (the Teresa Meadow). Almost 200 years later, year after year, the celebration is held at the same location. "Wiesā€™n" (the local term for the celebration, derived from Theresienwiese) is truly a Bavarian event that has become a celebration of life not only for Barvarians, but for all Germans and now the world, with some form of Oktoberfest happening in many cities and breweries.


Read the rest of it here. Also there's an official link to the real Oktoberfest.

UPDATE: I know, I know: Nice steins...

1 Comments:

Blogger Publiuss said...

Always like to have theological discussions with 'prim and proper' Reformed Puritans then ask them to toast the Lord with a beer;-) Always get a kick how they react like Dracula at the very suggestion of alcohol imbibing...

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