The world's largest beer festival opened Saturday in Munich, Germany. More than 6 million guests from around the world are expected to descend on the beer tents of Munich to celebrate the 16-day Oktoberfest extravaganza.
The first Oktoberfest was held more than 200 years ago to celebrate the wedding of the Bavarian Prince Ludwig on October 12,1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. Today, Oktoberfest is a global event that is celebrated all around the world.
Last year's visitors consumed almost 8 million two-pint (one-liter) mugs of beer. Aside from beer the visitors enjoy a wide variety of traditional food such as chicken, roast pork, grilled ham hock, potato or bread dumplings, cheese noodles along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage). Last year, the Oktoberfest guests ate around 522,000 roasted chickens, 125,000 sausages, 69,9000 pork knuckles and 118 oxen.
A woman wearing traditional Bavarian clothes rides a fairground attraction Sept. 23 at the Theresienwiese
Oktoberfest fair grounds in Munich.
An actor performs Sept. 23 during the Oktoberfest parade in Munich.
Revellers enjoy a ride at Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese on Sept. 22.
People crowd the fairground during the opening of the 179th Oktoberfest on Sept. 22 on the Theresienwiese in Munich.
Party goers take a break Sept. 22 at the Munich Oktoberfest at the Theresienwiese.
A man in traditional Bavarian clothes wears a hat decorated with hops Sept. 22 prior to the opening
of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich.
A man cheered on by a crowd pours a glass of beer over his own head Sept. 24 at Oktoberfest in Munich.
A waitress carries beer mugs in the Hofbraeuhaus tent Sept. 22 after the opening of the famous
Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich.
People crowd the 'Hacker-Festzelt' beer tent during the opening of the 179th Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese in Munich.
Two women arrive for the opening of the famous Bavarian Oktoberfest beer festival Sept. 22 as rain falls in Munich.
Revellers reach out for the first beer in the traditional one-liner "Masskrug" beer mugs at the opening
day of the Munich Oktoberfest on Sept. 22 at the Theresienwiese in Munich, Germany.
A waitress carries 12 steins of beer after the opening of Oktoberfest.
People in traditional Bavarian clothes take a break after the Oktoberfest parade in Munich on Sept. 23.
Girls in traditional Polish costume pose after participating in the opening parade.
A little girl takes part in the Oktoberfest folklore parade.
The bad weather on the festival's opening weekend didn't impact turnover.
A couple in traditional Bavarian attire kiss on the opening day of Oktoberfest.
People rest on a meadow Sept. 23 during the 179th Oktoberfest in Munich.
Visitors wearing traditional Bavarian clothes wait during the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich.
A member of a riflemen's association wears a traditional Bavarian Gamsbart hat during the riflemen's
parade on day two of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich.
A general view of the Oktoberfest beer festival Sept. 22 in Munich.
The fairground is seen from the giant ferris wheel at dusk.
A fairground ride spins at the festival.
Young people celebrate the opening ceremony in the "Hofbraeuzelt' beer tent on Sept. 22.
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