Zazzle has featured Oktoberfest products in front page. We don't have this kind of celebration in Portugal. So I went to Wikipedia for some facts. For me it Oktoberfest just meant beer and music! I realized that it takes place not in German only.
Oktoberfest is a 16–18 day festival held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. (In German, "Oktober" means October, and "Fest", means party or festival). It’s the world’s largest fair – 5 million of people go there every year. It has been held since 1810.
The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called Wiesn for short, located near Munich's center. Only beer which is brewed within the city limits of Munich is allowed to be served in this festival. Beer was first served in glass mugs in 1892. Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional food. If you go to German know how to ask for it:
- Hendl (chicken)
- Schweinebraten (roast pork)
- Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock)
- Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick)
- Würstl (sausages)
- Brezn (Pretzel)
- Knödel (potato or bread dumplings)
- Kasspatzn (cheese noodles)
- Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes)
- Sauerkraut or Blaukraut (red cabbage)
Traditional visitors wear during the Oktoberfest Bavarian hats (Tirolerhüte), which contain a tuft of goat hair. The more tufts of goat hair on your hat, the wealthier you are considered to be.
To keep the Oktoberfest, and especially the beer tents, friendly for older people and families, until 6:00 pm, the tents only play quiet music. Only after that will Schlager and pop music be played. The music played in the afternoon is limited to 85 decibels. With these rules, the organizers of the Oktoberfest were able to curb the over-the-top party mentality and preserve the traditional beer tent atmosphere.
The Oktoberfest is known as the Largest Volksfest (People's Fair) in the World. This festival was first held to honor Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Then German immigrants brought the tradition with them to the United States. Lots of places like Leavenworth in the USA also celebrate Oktoberfest. Check this site for La Crosse 's annual autumn festival or Cincinnati's . In Brazil it’s also popular at Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, Ceará, and São Paulo.
I selected some Oktoberfest Zazzle products to help you get in the spirit!