Oktoberfest 2010 in Munchen Germany Is About To End- The much awaited festival in Germany called “Oktoberfest” is here once again. Known as the “Largest Volkfest in the World”, Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held each year from late September to early October in Munich, Bavaria, Germany attracting some six million attendees each year.
This year, Oktoberfest 2010 will be held from September 18 to October 4, 2010. The festival will be held on an area named the “Theresienwiese” meaning a field, or meadow, of Therese, often called d’ Wiesn for short. Oktoberfest’s history dates back 200 years ago on October 18, 1810 to commemorate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen where they organized a great horse race.
Since 1950, Oktoberfest Festival has a traditional opening ceremony. It usually starts with a twelve-gun salute and the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the incumbent Mayor of Munich with the cry “O’zapft is!” The Mayor then gives the first beer to the Minister-President of the State of Bavaria to mark the start of the Oktoberfest celebration.
Oktoberfest 2010 Festival expects to gather millions of visitors mostly from Bavaria and other countries such as United States, Canada, India, Japan, Brazil and Australia. For this year’s 200th anniversary celebration, there will be a horse race in historical costumes on opening day. Aside from that, there will be the usual historical beer tent with traditional decorations, animal tent with different species of farm and domestic animals and a museum tent, where you can visit historical objects of the Oktoberfest. Cheers to all attending both the Oktoberfest 2010 in Munchen Germany! Bottoms Up!