Sunday, September 29, 2013

Oktober Fest-Celebrating Beer Festival

Oktober fest is a beer festival and is one of the biggest world fair with more than 6 million people participating in it. It is a 16 day long festival which is celebrated from late September to the first weekend to October and is conducted across the globe with many people taking part in it. However, the original celebration takes place in Bavaria of Munich in the European country of Germany with the first celebration dating back to 1810.

The beer which meets the criterion of conforming to the Reinheitsgebot at an estimated of 6% alcohol by volume only can be served at this particular festival. The other major criterion for the beer used in this festival is that it must be brewed within the boundary of Munich city. People from across the globe attends the festival with more than 15% of visitors coming from different parts of European countries and other countries like Canada, Australia, US and some parts of East Asia.

14 large tents and 20 small tents accompany the people who come to celebrate this fest in Bavaria. Today, a twelve gun salute and the pattering of the primary barrel of Oktoberfest beer at 12:00 by the in office Mayor of Munich in the Austro-Bavarian vernacular opens the festival celebrations. The official introduction to the opening of the Oktoberfest involves about 1,000 participants counting the landlords' families in bedecked carriages, superb horse haggard drays, waiter and waitresses. 

Long parades of groups in past uniforms, marching bands, riflemen, cows, goats, decorated drays of the Munich breweries, and historic carriages etc. passes through the center of the state which is 7 km long starting the celebrations.

History: When Crown Prince Ludwig married to Princess Therese of Saxe Hildburghausen on 17th of October in 1810 all the citizens of Munich were asked to be present at the celebrations conducted on the fields which were named Theresienwiese (in honor of the crown prince). As a festival for the whole of Bavaria, horse races were presented in the observance of the Royal Family to symbolize the ending of the event. The horse races that were observed at the last were repeated in consequent years, thus giving rise to this happily celebrated event.

Since then, the celebration is observed in Bavaria and during the last two centuries of the Oktober Fest celebrations, the celebrations have been cancelled for more than 24 times due to epidemics of cholera and war. 

The modern day festival started in 1950, and the horse races ended in 1960 giving the way of celebrating the festival in a new way.

Oktoberfest Celebrations in Goa

Loaded with entertainment, fun, exotic food and plenty of drinks, the land of sea, sand and surf will offer you with its best during this festival. Many bands from more than 30 countries come to the event venue in Goa to make the people lost in music and entertainment. It is three daylong events in Goa which celebrates the spirit of music and booze. It is created to give the people a real taste of the Oktoberfest which is celebrated in Bavaria famed for its extraordinary hospitality, exotic food, great entertainment and world famous beers.