Starting from today, men will prance around in their lederhosen and women cheers beers in their wonderful dirndl dresses, to kick off the annual 16-18 day drinking festival in Munich.
You may remember seeing the glorious photos of the whole of the Bayern Munich team taking to the festival last year.
But the question on everyone’s lips: Why Oktoberfest in September?
The official website reads:
The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.
So they just wanted to make sure that everyone was warm, though with all the beer I don’t think that would be too much of an issue.