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Oktoberfest is also known as the Largest People's fair in the World. Generally the event is associated with fun and partying
with endless flow of beer. It is an event full of entertainment with music, art and crafts, food and drink throughout the entire weekend. Oktoberfest means “Reason to celebrate” and also it’s known as called "Wiesn” meaning "Meadow" by local Bavarians.
Today it’s the most popular German festival which is also celebrated throughout the world. There are many Oktoberfest celebrations held in countries like Japan and America. The inherent reason for this is that large number for people of German origin and culture live in U.S and Canada, and also fact which can’t be denied that as lot of food, drinking, carnival and other
fun activities are involved with this festival so people are quite attracted to join the celebrations.
The origin and history of the event goes long back in time as far as the 19th century in the free state of Bavaria in Germany.
The first Oktoberfest took place on October 12th 1810 as a wedding celebration for Crown Prince Luitpold I and Princess Theressa of Bavaria. Around 40,000 people of Bavaria were invited on this occasion and the five day long event ended on 17th
with a horse race.The reason for the celebration was two, firstly to thank the Lord for the past year crops and secondly for enjoying the wedding with the people and family of the state.

The meadow where the race was held was named as Theresien-Wiese in honor of the princess. So Munich remains the
original place where Oktoberfest was traditionally held, but celebration also takes place in other cities and towns. Millions of people visit 64 acre large Theresien-Wiese. Many visitors come from other countries like Italy and from other non-European countries like Japan and Australia. German Oktoberfest has evolved as one of the largest festival arcross the globe as in
the world with over six million visitors visiting each year.
Besides the Oktoberfest, there is a second festival which takes place at the same place in April/May called as The Munich Frühlingsfest (Spring Festival), which is also known as "Little Oktoberfest”. In USA also it is held in different cities and
places, but the first Oktoberfest in USA was held in La Crosse, Wisconsin on October 13th 1960. In North America, major
celebrations take in place in places like Texas, Wisconsin, Helen, Georgia, Newport, Rhode Island, California, New York,
North Carolina and Oklahoma. Outside Germany some cities like Ohio and Ontario Canada hosts some of the largest Oktoberfest .The festival starts at noon when the clock of St. Paul's Church in Munich strikes 12 noon. One of the highlights
of the festival is the Trachtenfest parade in which thousands of German people participate in their native costumes.
Oktoberfest parties are quite simple and fun to attend. All you need is a stockpile of German beer to go with lip smacking
grilled chicken, barbequed fish, and potato salad. Traditional pretzels and mustard are served alongside authentic German grilled sausages. The main German beers served in the festival are Pilsner, Bock, and Weizenbier and Oktoberfest.
Pilsner is bitter in taste and also commonly known as “Pils”. Weizenbier is the lightest one among all and Bock is quite
strong. Whereas the most popular beer for the festival is Oktoberfest and it is specifically made for the event. Beers are
served in mugs known as Oktoberfest beer mugs made from heavy glass and typically have a decorative brewery logo on the side. So this year you should party hard and brew up a whole lotta fun with your friends on this Oktoberfest weekend.