A beer tent at Oktoberfest in Theresienwiese, Munich, Germany
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Prost to you and yours!. Oktoberfest begins
Dating back all the way to 1810, Oktoberfest is the world's biggest beer festival, held in Munich, Germany. It all began with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The celebrations took place at Theresienwiese, also known as Theresa's Meadow. The festivities lasted for five days, filled with exciting activities such as parades and horse races. The overwhelmingly positive response ensured that Oktoberfest became an annual event that can draw over six million people with each person drinking just over a litre of beer on average. Beyond Munich, it has become a popular celebration in multiple countries and cities inside and outside of Germany imitate the festival and cherish its German traditions.