Oktoberfest begins today! This German festival dates all the way back to 1810. In October of that year, the crown prince of Bavaria married the princess of Saxony-Hildburghausen, and all the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the royal wedding. The celebration turned into an annual autumn event!
This year, Oktoberfest has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Traditionally, over 5 million people travel to Munich to take part in the festivities - making it the world’s largest fair! Over the course of the sixteen-day festival they will watch parades, participate in massive sing-a-longs, eat Bavarian foods like soft pretzels, wear traditional lederhosen, and consume more than 1 million gallons of beer.
To celebrate Oktoberfest, plan your very own autumn celebration. Invite friends and family to go apple picking, sample some festive fall beers in a themed tasting, or send a free ecard.Cheers! Or, as the Germans would say, “Prost!”