If you would pick several hundred people from nations around the world and ask them to name one German holiday, you would
have a crowd of people shouting at you, chanting, "OKTOBERFEST." Whether you are in the minority of people who might know exactly what Oktoberfest is, or you simply want to learn about some fun facts, keep reading.
Oktoberfest is the world's largest fair to start. It runs for sixteen days and it celebrates everyone's favorite beverage: BEER!
So, how many people do you think this event would bring in every year? The answer is six million people come and attend the October festival in Munich every single year!
To the locals of Munich it's not called Oktoberfest but instead called "die Wiesn" which is the name of the fairgrounds upon
which Oktoberfest is held. During the sixteen day event the fairgrounds will use as much electricity as a four person family
will in five decades. All this power is well used to keep the seven million liters of beer annually served flowing. On average this means each visitor drinks over a liter of beer!
The heart of Oktoberfest are the beverages and the food! Those six million visitors don't just want to drink on an empty stomach!
In order to meet (hah!) this demand, thousands of kilograms of meat is brought in, including over 40,000 kg of fish and over half
a million units of chicken. Cooking all this delicious food consumes almost two hundred thousand square meters of natural gas. Thankfully, for the final step of all the foods journey, Oktoberfest also boasts nearly one thousand bathrooms.
Despite all the alcohol being served, Oktoberfest prides itself on maintaining a family friendly atmosphere. To do this, the tents which hold all the visitors are restricted to quiet music until 6 PM. After that - a louder, more boisterous party atmosphere takes hold.
All the partying results in a lot of intoxicated people who are jokingly referred to as "Bierleichen" or beer corpses. This is very common because the special beers brewed for Oktoberfest contain more alcohol and sugar then normal German beers.
The traditional fairgrounds which host Oktoberfest are not just open fields full of drinking and laughter. Instead, the fair grounds contain over thirty tents of various sizes which all serve different drinks from different breweries. And over the many years that Oktoberfest has been held, each tent has gone on to earn its own type of personality and reputation. Some of the largest tents
can seat around seven thousand people just on the inside!
With Oktoberfest being the worlds largest fair (and certainly one of the largest annual parties) it should be no surprise to you
that people all over the world host their own local Oktoberfests to celebrate alongside the Bavarians.
Hence, if you're ever in Bavaria in late September, come and stop by and take part in the celebrations. However, if you can't
make it, go and look for a local Oktoberfest. Everyone is welcome to join and celebrate. http://bestgermanclub.com/oktoberfest/
By Daria Perse
Copyright © 2006 by Daria Perse. All rights reserved.
Daria writes and shares stories about her own growth, struggles and "Aha! moments" to help herself as well as her readers find ways of healthier living and healthier thinking. You never know what kind of surprise might await for you at her webpage: http://www.DariasWorld.info