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. Oktoberfest has become an annual event that can draw over six million people, with each person drinking just over a litre of beer on average. Beyond Munich, this tipsy festival has become a popular celebration in multiple countries, including Canada, particularly in the region of Kitchner-Waterloo, Ontario. The Canadian Oktoberfest is one of the largest Bavarian-style celebrations outside of Germany. This festival showcases a vibrant blend of cultural traditions and local entertainment.