Since today, Saturday, September 16, 2017, 12 o'clock the 184th Oktoberfest is open, the current mayor Reiter was tapping the first barrel of beer in the Schottenhammel tent - my wife in the middle of it right now, she was honoured to join the mayor's box - don't ask me why.Dance Weekend plus Beer Saturday submission just in case I forget later lol
So - back to Munich, back to the "Wiesn" (this is how the Munich citizens or Germans call the Oktoberfest). The start of this crazy event (the biggest global event of its kind with 7 million visitors from around the world I think) has its own traditions and rules. Hitting the hammer onto the first barrel of Beer the mayor is forced to hand over the first Wiesn Mass (1 ltr. glass of Beer) to the existing Bavarian prime-minister Horst Seehofer. Reiter tool two swings to drive the tap into the barrel this year, not that bad! Then he had to speak out loud into the microphone “O’zapft is!” (= “It is tapped!”) and wished everyone a peaceful Oktoberfest as every year.
Following this the sales of beer was officially started. People could join the tents at 9am already but only at 12.01 the first beer is served. Coming back to wifey - here is how she looked when she started her travel to the event (I will report back visuals how she looked after returning home - not yet!).Some facts of Oktoberfest 2017
So I will not bother you with the history and background of this - that it started back in 1810 and was basically a party to celebrate the wedding of Therese (that is the reason the Wiesn area is called "Theresienwiese"). It was the later King Ludwig I that married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal event. So that is the historical background.
This year's event will end on Octo...