Oktoberfest-the real one!

Good morning everyone,

Well, the weather changed a bit overnight, didn't it? Now, it's raining and it's expected to rain for most of the day. It might clear up this evening though. Tomorrow and Monday will be nice-mostly sunny skies and highs around 29C or so...after that it's difficult to say...I'll keep you posted...

It's October and that means Oktoberfest!
But I do owe one small-very, very small-apology to the Hiroshima Octoberfest. I was whinging that it started in September-which of course sounds like the wrong month, right? In fact, it is ok to start the festival in September. However, my apology is only a small one, because the festival has to continue into October. One of the main points is to celebrate the beginning of October...

Here are some other things you may not know about Oktoberfest:

A celebration fit for a king
Oktoberfest originally began as a celebration of the marriage of Crown King Ludwig and Queen Therese in October of 1810. Today, the festival ground is called Theresienwiese, Wiesn for short, in honor of Queen Therese. 

Munich beer, or no beer at all
Only six breweries are allowed to participate in Oktoberfest, all brewed within the Munich city limits: Hofbräuhaus München, Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, Paulaner Bräu, Löwenbräu, Hacker-Pschorr Bräu and Augustiner Bräu. Each brewery has their own tent where only their beer is served. 
Oktoberfest girls
We only drink March in Oktober
A long time ago there was no refrigeration system so beer was typically brewed in March to avoid the summer heat. Back then beer would only keep for a year, so all of last year's beer had to be drunk before it went bad and to make space for this year's batch.

Glass steins were late to the party
It wasn’t until 1892 that beer was served in glass mugs. Traditional beer steins were made of stone or then metal, and while some of those are still used, they’re far outnumbered by their modern glass cousins. 

Only the strong survive
Oktoberfest beer is typically around 6% alcohol, a bit stronger and sweeter than typical German lager. It’s easy to get a bit tipsy on a warm early fall afternoon, and many people pass out from exhaustion. These people are called Bierleichen (German for “Beer Corpses.")

Let's call the whole thing off
There wasn’t always a reason for celebration when Oktoberfest came around. In fact, the festival has been officially canceled 24 times due to disease or war. In 1854 and 1873, cholera epidemics forced postponement of the fest. It was also canceled during the years of the Franco-Prussian War, WWI and WWII.

Dropping the kids off at the beer tent
The idea of bringing children to a massive beer festival might seem pretty far out, but sure enough, hundreds of children attend the festival every year. Unfortunately, every year there are also plenty of parents that have one too many glasses of beer. More than 100 children were reported lost in Oktoberfest 2012! I'm guessing they've all been found by now...ha ha!
Ok...after having read that-I really, really wanna' go to the original Okoberfest! But if I'm given the option, I'll go to the one held in September in Hiroshima next year...if we have one.

Have a great day!

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