Have you ever been in a huge tent consisting of a lot of beer, Oompah music, men dressed in lederhosen and women dressed in dirndls? If you have, then — hopefully — you were at an Oktoberfest. If you weren’t at an Oktoberfest but you recall attending an event like this, then you should probably get your life in order. And if you don’t know what we’re talking about, then read on, and we’ll tell you a little bit more about Oktoberfest. The traditional Oktoberfest is held annually for 16 days beginning in late September in Munich, Germany. It was first held in 1810 to celebrate the wedding of Bavaria’s crown prince and princess, for those who are interested in that sort of thing. Today, the tradition has expanded to reach large parts of the world. Cities all around the world are getting “Germanized” for a weekend or two in the period lasting from late September to the middle of October. Here are some reasons to go to an Oktoberfest:
You’ll find beer in any color, strength and flavor. Some festivals have their own beer gardens, with as many as 40 different types of beer from different micro breweries. You’ll be able to drink beer from a 1-liter mug, and you’ll even find hats shaped like beer mugs. It’s basically a beer bonanza. If you’re not the biggest beer fan, though, you’ll also be able to find Underberg — a drink containing 44 percent alcohol as well as herbs that aid in digestion. It comes in miniature bottles wrapped in brown paper. It is actually pretty good for your body, and it doesn’t taste too bad either.
Getting dressed up is always fun. And this time you don’t need to worry about being creative and original. The dress code is already set. Most costume shops have these outfits in stock around this season. If you don’t feel like dressing up, that’s also fine. You’ll still be able to people-watch with the other 50 percent not wearing a costume. And if you liked the beer mug hat on the previous photo, some festivals even sell them on location.
3. Oompah music and polka dancing
Sweet, elderly men get all dressed up and play this amazingly fun music, accompanied with a dance that everyone gives their best shot at performing, even though nobody really knows the moves. The good thing about this is that everyone looks foolish together. The music is based on rhythmic sounds of the tuba and other brass instruments. Later in the evening, when everyone has had enough beer to get on the dance floor, the band also tends to play famous sing-along songs such as “Country Roads.” We all love a good sing-along!