The annual celebration of Bavarian culture was born as a result of Crown prince Ludwig, later becoming King Ludwig I, marrying Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghause on October 12, 1810. On this joyous occasion, the citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate with the royal couple. Horse races marked the close of the royal celebration. The decision to repeat the horse races in the following years gave birth to the annual tradition of Oktoberfest.
Over the years, the celebration dates and itineraries have shifted a little, but the intensity has not dwindled. There are marches in traditional Bavarian costumes, game booths, musicians, beer booths, dance halls, more beer booths and much more.
In 2013, 6.4 million people visited Oktoberfest and consumed 6.7 million liters of beer.
The celebration is not just for those visiting Bavaria, Germany however. Around the world, German villages and settlements celebrate Oktoberfest much the same way as Munich, Bavaria. Old World in Huntington Beach, Orange County, is the local’s version of Bavaria, Germany, celebrating Oktoberfest with food, music, games and of course beer, lots of beer.
Ein Prosit! as in cheers
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