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** Oktoberfest **

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This article is about the original festival in Munich. For Oktoberfest
celebrations around the world, see Oktoberfest celebrations.
Oktoberfest at night with view of Löwenbräu tent

*Oktoberfest* is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and
travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a
16-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first
weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world
attending the event every year. Locally, it is often simply called the
/*Wiesn*/, after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds (Theresienwiese)
themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture,
having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold
Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the 16 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 3rd
(German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now open 17 days when the first
Sunday is October 2nd and 18 days when it is October 1st. In 2010, the
festival lasted until the first Monday in October (October 4th), to mark
the 200th anniversary of the event. The festival is held in an area named
the /Theresienwiese/ (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called the
/Wiesn/ for short, located near Munich's center. Large quantities of
Oktoberfest Beer are consumed, with 7.7 million litres served during the 16
day festival in 2013.^[1] Visitors may also enjoy a mixture of attractions,

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest

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