25 September 2012

Oktoberfest, jawohl

A friend of mine is going to the Oktoberfest in Theresienwiese (Wiesn), Munchen and so here is some information on what Oktoberfest is all about.

First of all, for those who are unfamiliar with this...ganz losgehen...Oktoberfest or Die Wiesn is an annual celebration in Germany embracing beer, life and...beer.

It all started in 1810 when crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, married the Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October. The lovely Munich citizens were invited to take part of the festivities and the fields where it took place were named Theresienwiese (‘Theresa's meadow’). Horse races took place and then they eventually became annual which created the Oktoberfest to be annual as well. The horse races lasted until 1960 ‘cause who gives a shit about a horse race when you’re seeing pink elephants, but the sweet Oktoberfest remained.

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during 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 would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). And I am so wikipading my ass right now....

Anyhooters they say, but I don’t think it’s true, that large quantities of beer (of minimum 6%) are consumed during these days but you know, people exaggerate J I think people also drink wine…

What to expect when you’re there next Saturday? Well:

11.00 a.m.
Arrival of the tent patrons with parade through Munich.
12.00 p.m.
Tapping of the first Octoberfest-beer-barrel by the Munich mayor in the Schottenhamel Tent. No one drinks beer until this hottie says GO!
10.00 a.m.
Traditional costume parade through Munich.
09.00 a.m.

12.00 p.m.
Oktoberfest tour for 1200 preschool children, invited by the City of Munich, the performers and the hosts. So if you don’t like children, beware!

Special lunch for senior citizens in the big tents…No comment…or should I…no....

By the way if you hear someone screaming follow the M√ľnchner Kindl. Don’t worry, it’s all right. It means "Munich child", the symbol on the coat of arms of the city Munich. He’s the one leading the march so it is best to follow him indeed.
The costumes will be very exciting. The men wear Lederhose, showing off their sexy legs and perhaps, if lucky you can take a glimpse at their Weisswurst J

The women wear Dirndl, pardon my German. A Dirndl is a traditional dress consisting of bodice, blouse, full skirt and apron. But usually you will notice the melons popping out here and there, everywhere. By the way if you’re looking for a flirt then be aware, where the bow or knot is located signifies a lady’s marital status. A bow on the left indicates being single, a bow on the right means she is married, engaged, or taken, a bow in the front/middle indicates a virgin, while a bow tied on the back means she is widowed. Gonna be looking out for the bow in the middle huh?
And now some practical shit, the prices for one liter of beer will be about € 10,00. I know but Oktoberfest is serious business. For the smokers out there, smoking is still allowed in the festival tents but only in special areas. There are 1,800 available but don’t be surprised if they’re all taken, so carry a bag at all times. Because of numerous injuries from…’scrapes to deep cuts from broken glass’…yeah right, no more glass-bottles are allowed at the Oktoberfest any more. This year people will try to cut themselves with plastic cups J If you ever wanted to experience an exorcism or visit a haunted…toilet, Edmund Heckl’s Shocker is the right place to go. Seven new rooms wait for courageous visitors or someone looking for a toilet.

And here are some important numbers:

Got a smashed head or are you in a coma?
+49 (0)89 50 22 24 24
You accidentally set someone on fire?
Someone just stole your pipi bag?
Someone stole your pipi bag at the Oktoberfest?
+49 (0)89 500 32 20
Lost your boyfriend and Found a new one?
+49 (0)89 233 82 825
Lost boyfriend and Found new one at the Oktoberfest?
+49 (0)89 233 96 045
Wanna check if you missed your flight (too drunk to leave)
? +49 (0)89 97 52 13 13
Can’t walk so need a cab?
+49 (0)89 21 61 0
You wanna be on the news?
+49 (0)89 233 30 211

No but seriously, it’s going to be fun. For all of you out there going to the Oktoberfest, enjoy the beautiful tradition, the crazy beer oceans and share the German hospitality with whoever you are. 

Jetzt kann’s losgehen!

1 comment:

  1. A Dirndl? A what? Well, any fest sounds like a good deal to me... as long as the motto remains 'bottoms up' (as in drinks, of course);)