MUNICH, Germany (REUTERS) – Thousands of tourists, lots of them wearing conventional lederhosen or dirndl corseted attire, descended on Munich on Saturday (Sept 22) for the beginning of the annual Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer pageant.
Munich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, kicked off the festivities by tapping open the primary beer keg with a conventional shout of “O zapft is!” (“It’s tapped” in English).
Revellers arrived early to safe areas on the coveted lengthy communal tables in tents, the place guests swig beer, munch on sausages, pretzel or pork knuckle, and take heed to oompah bands.
Oktoberfest has its origins in a horse race that passed off in 1810 to have a good time the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.
The public festivities on the Theresienwiese open floor – named after the bride – grew to become extra elaborate as time went on, with stalls and amusement rises and it step by step changed into a folks pageant.
Oktoberfest attracts round six million guests yearly, with some travelling from overseas for the expertise.
This yr’s pageant runs from Sept 22 to Oct 7.