Sep 15, 2010 6:00:49 AM / by Rachel Reardon

OktoberfestIt’s that time of year again--don your lederhosen or your dirndl, and get ready to party with 6 million people who can drink you under any table in Munich.

Lasting 16 days and ending the first Sunday in October, this bash is 200 years old. What began as 40,000 people in Munich celebrating the marriage of King Ludwig I to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen is now the largest annual festival in the world. This year’s festival will begin the 18th of September and last until October 3rd.

The local name for Oktoberfest in Germany is actually “Wies’n”. This is derived from Theresienwiese, the name of the field on which the festival was originally held, and is actually where the festival still takes place.

Have you celebrated Oktoberfest? Tell us about it!

Topics: Language Learning and Culture

Rachel Reardon

Written by Rachel Reardon

Rachel works with some of the coolest marketers, designers, and writers around to help Mango look and sound its best. She loves bold colors, old books, the Montréal metro, and Star Trek. She has conflicting feelings about the Oxford comma.

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