Wondering how this great celebration got started? Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, who was later crowned King Ludwig I, wanted his people to share in the celebration of his marriage to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12, 1810. Ludwig organized a horse race and invited all the people of Munich. The royal party drew about 40,000 guests a major rager, by ordinary standards, but only a small fraction of the 6.4 million people at Oktoberfest in 2010.
Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival held each year in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to early October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and the world's largest fair, with some six million people attending every year. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest, traditionally, takes place during the sixteen days up to and including the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival will go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the 1st Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. The festival is held on an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called d’ Wiesn for short. Visitors also eat huge amounts of traditional hearty fare such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinsbraten (roast pork), Haxn (pork knuckle), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezel (Pretzel), Knödeln (potato or bread dumplings), Kaasspotzn (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a fatty, spiced cheese-butter concoction) and Weisswurst (a white sausage). History The original "Oktoberfest" occurred in Munich, on October 18, 1810: For the commemoration of their marriage, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen (namesake of the Theresienwiese festival grounds) organized a great horse race (the marriage took place on October 12; the horse race on October 17—therefore, there are different dates named as being the first Oktoberfest). Oktoberfest numbers (2007) * Area: 0.42 km2 (103.78 acres) * Seats in the festival halls: approx. 100,000 * Visitors: 6.2 million * Beer: appr. 6,940,600 litres(126,900 litres non-alcoholic) * Wine: 79,624 liters * Sparkling wine: 32,047 litres * Coffee, tea: 222,725 litres * Water, lemonade: 909,765 ½ litres * Chicken: 521,872 units * Pork sausages: 142,253 pairs * Fish: 38,650 kg * Pork knuckles: 58,446 units * Oxen: 104 units * Expenditure of electricity: 2.8 million kWh (as much as 14% of Munich's daily need or as much as a four person family will need in 560 years) * Expenditure of gas: about 205,000 m³ * Expenditure of water: about 90,000 m³ (as much as 27% of Munich's daily need ) * Waste: 678 t (2004) * Toilets: about 980 seated, more than 878 meters of urinals and 17 for disabled persons * Telephones: 83, also for international credit cards * Lost property: about 4000 items, among them 260 pairs of glasses, 200 mobile phones, wedding rings, and even crutches.
Crowned Prince Ludwig was AB(-7) years old and Princess Therese Charlotte Luise of Saxony-Hildburghausen was FG(+3) years old at the time of their marriage. Prince Ludwig became king in 1825 and his Reign lasted CD(+12) years (Hint: watch the months and ONLY use full complete years). Once crowned he became Ludwig E(+2) of Bavaria. The marriage lasted for HI(+6) until Queen Therese died. She was 6J(+6) years old at her death. Her husband lived till 1868 at the age of 81 years old.
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