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The Real Oktoberfest

Everyone loves a reason to celebrate, and what better reason to celebrate than Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists to Germany every year and is celebrated all over the world, but do you know why?

Oktoberfest has very special significance to me because my grandparents were immigrants who arrived in the United States, at Ellis Island having left Germany.

So in essence, my father is a first generation American, making me a second generation American.

Oktoberfest is an annual event that’s held each year in the city of Munich, Bavaria in Germany. This event which originally began in the year 1810 was first held to honor and celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

Originally Oktoberfest celebrations were held in early October and ended in the same month, but as the festivals continued through the years the celebration was pushed back to September to take advantage of the warmer temperatures.

Oktoberfest celebrations are definitely the time to party and enjoy good food, flavorful beers, and if someone is so inclined…to dress in traditional Bavarian outfits either for a man or woman.

With big and small tents ready to welcome thirsty visitors to enter and enjoy a great tasting beer, as well as traditional Bavarian delicacies it’s advisable to call and actually book a reservation in the tent of your preference, because once a tent is filled it’s almost a certainty that you won’t be allowed to enter it.

Oktoberfest is the perfect place to just sit back and have the time of your life, and for those immigrants of German descent it’s a tradition that’s ingrained in them and it’s a traditional celebration that reminds them of their proud heritage.

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