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O’zapft is! Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich

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By ITN News Editor September 23, 2018 14:03

O’zapft is! Oktoberfest kicks off in Munich

The world’s largest, wildest and most famous beer festival opened in Munich,as visitors from around the globe trotted out for the start of the annual Oktoberfest.Revellers dressed in traditional lederhosen and dirndl corseted dresses descended on Munich as mayor, Dieter Reiter, kicked off the festivities by tapping open the first beer keg with a traditional shout of “O zapft is!”.Visitors were keen to arrive early at the festival to secure spaces at the coveted long communal tables in tents, where they can swig beer, munch on sausages, pretzel or pork knuckle, and listen to oompah bands.

Oktoberfest has its origins in a horse race that took place in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.The public festivities on the Theresienwiese open ground – named after the bride – became more elaborate as time went on, with stalls and amusement rises and it gradually turned into a folk festival.Oktoberfest attracts around six million visitors every year, with some travelling from abroad for the experience. This year’s festival runs from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 23, 2018 14:03
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