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!
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!”