Oktoberfest returns following 2-year hiatus

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After a two-year absence because of the Covid-19 outbreak, Oktoberfest is back in Germany.

After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus epidemic, the world’s largest beer festival, Oktoberfest, returned on Saturday for the first time since 2019.

Thousands of people wearing “Lederhosen,” or leather pants, a common feature of Bavarian culture, flocked to the festival, which typically draws 6 million visitors to Munich each year, including tourists from all over the world.

The legendary beer festival started with Munich’s mayor tapping the first keg and declaring “o’zapft is,” which translates to “it’s tapped,” at 9:00 a.m. local time. Then, throngs of revelers rushed into venues to secure prime seating.

Now in its 187th iteration, Euronews has gathered a collection of some of the best photos from Oktoberfest, displaying the bicep-taxing beer glasses, pretzels the size of dinner plants, and people dressed traditionally, among other things.

Beer is consumed while revelers munch on sausages, pretzels, or pig knuckles at broad communal tables while listening to oompah bands.

The first 16 days leading up to the first Sunday in October were when Munich’s Oktoberfest was held. That calendar was changed in 1994 when Germany was reunited: If the first Sunday falls on October 1 or 2, the event is extended until German Unity Day, which is on October 3.

The Oktoberfest, which takes place from September 17 to October 3, will not be subject to Covid-19 limitations, according to a statement made earlier this year by Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter.

What is Oktoberfest?

The Oktoberfest, which includes a beer festival and a traveling fair, is the biggest Volksfest in the entire world. Munich, Bavaria, Germany, hosts it every year. It is a 16- to 18-day folk festival that takes place from the middle or end of September to about the first Sunday in October. Over six million tourists from abroad and within China attend the event. It is referred to as d’Wiesn locally, after the slang term for the fairs, Theresienwiese. Since its inception in 1810, Oktoberfest has played a significant role in Bavarian culture. In addition to Munich, Oktoberfest events are also held in other places throughout the globe.

A lot of Oktoberfest beer is eaten throughout the celebration. The most beer was consumed at Oktoberfest in 2014, for instance, when 7.7 million liters were served over the course of the 16-day event. Numerous other attractions, including games, side kiosks, and rides, are also enjoyed by visitors. There are also many other traditional meals to choose from.

Originally, the 16 days before the first Sunday in October were when the Munich Oktoberfest was held. Due to the unification of Germany, this established timeline was altered in 1994. The event would therefore last until October 3 if the first Sunday in October occurred on the first or second (German Unity Day). The festival now lasts 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. To celebrate the occasion’s bicentennial in 2010, the festival ran until the first Monday in October (October 4).

6.7 million liters of beer were served to Oktoberfest attendees in 2013, which numbered 6.4 million.

Hiatus after the pandemic

The official cancellation of the 2020 Oktoberfest owing to the current coronavirus pandemic was announced on April 21, 2020, by Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter and Bavarian Minister-President Markus Söder. The next Oktoberfest will not take place until 2022, as Minister-President Söder and Mayor Reiter declared on May 3, 2021. Söder observed that social isolation was impossible in the festival’s beer tents.