German class celebrates Oktoberfest

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German class celebrates Oktoberfest

Mycheal Warner and Nolan  Altamura dress up in Munich styled costums to celebrate Okoberfest with the German class at Northwest.

Mycheal Warner and Nolan Altamura dress up in Munich styled costums to celebrate Okoberfest with the German class at Northwest.

Mycheal Warner and Nolan Altamura dress up in Munich styled costums to celebrate Okoberfest with the German class at Northwest.

Mycheal Warner and Nolan Altamura dress up in Munich styled costums to celebrate Okoberfest with the German class at Northwest.

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Oktoberfest is one of the largest annual German “Volksfests” that celebrates Barvarian culture by drinking mass amounts of beer. Northwest German club students celebrated the event beer-free Monday, Sept. 30.

When is it?

Oktoberfest is a yearly celebration that is usually last for about 16 to 18 days. This year, the first day was held on Sunday, Sept. 21 and the last day being Sunday, Oct. 6. Oktoberfest is always set up so that the last day of the celebration will always be held on the first Sunday of October.

Where is it celebrated?

Oktoberfest is mainly celebrated in Munich and Bavaria, Germany, where it first originated and is now celebrated worldwide.

How is it celebrated?

The celebration traditions for Oktoberfest has evolved in many ways yet it is still similar to the original celebration 200 years ago. During oktoberfest, there are many festivals held all over the world. The main festivals are held in Munich, Germany where about six million people attend yearly. Events held in the festivals include days of beer drinking, feastings and horse races. Common games or competitions that are played at the festivals include Maasheben, Fingerhakeln and Beindrucken.

Why is it celebrated?

More than 200 years ago, Bavaria’s crowned, Prince Ludwid was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810. The Munich citizens were invited to the festival held afterwards which lasted for about five days. Since then, the festival has progressively grown into an annual celebration.

Why Oktoberfest and not Septemberfest?

The main reason the holiday is called Oktoberfest instead of Septemberfest is because the Bulgarian royal wedding was originally held in October. Even though majority of the festivals are held in September, it is only like this because the month of October is too cold to hold the celebrations.

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