Oktoberfest begins today! The grand opening ceremonies are in Munich. The video above is a German Language parody of “Pump Up The Jam” by Technotronic.
The Oktoberfest tradition is hails from the Bavarian region. I just like to have an excuse to eat German food and play Rammstein real loud.
Our music director, Tom Stark, frequently complains that Oktoberfest begins in September. My response is that it is not up to him to decide another countries holiday traditions. But in the interests of cultural understanding let’s get an explanation as to why this is so.
The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly. Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.
And here I thought it had to do with the transition from the Gregorian calendar to the format we use today. I guess I was wrong! Scheisse!
[ article by Alex Velocity ]