There’s September In Our Oktoberfest! There’s October In Our Septemberfest!
How is it Oktober in Germany yet still September in the US? Somebody get Doc Brown on the phone!
Living in the great Melting Pot simply known as the U.S.A., we Americans have the great privilege of adopting any tradition that looks like a lot of fun to celebrate. Especially if there is drinking involved.
Oktoberfest is one of the rich traditions that has been celebrated in cities all across the US. But while some of us are suckers and wait until October for Oktoberfest, the grand Europeans began their celebration last week.
Hey, it’s Happy Hour somewhere.
According to our resident Culture Studies Professor, Dr. Wikipedia, Oktoberfest is… “a 16-18 day beer festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 5 million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.
“The Oktoberfest is known as the Largest Volksfest (People’s Fair) in the World. In 1999 there were six and a half million visitors to the 42 hectare Theresienwiese. 72% of the people are from Bavaria. 15% of visitors come from foreign countries like the surrounding EU-countries and other non-European countries including the United States, Canada, Australia and the Far East.“
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