Is there anything more romantic than a wedding? A wedding celebrated for hundreds of years!
On October 12, 1810, Bavaria’s Prince Ludwig (who became King Ludwig I) invited all the people of his capital, Munich, to help celebrate his wedding to his new wife, Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen, after a whirlwind 10 month courtship. 40,000 citizens joined the public festival held on the fields outside Sendlinger Tor, Munich’s southern city gate. The event culminated with a horse race on the final day to close the event that came to be known as “Oktoberfest”.
Everyone had such a good time that it was decided to do it again the next year – and the one after that, and so on. It has continued to grow and has evolved into the most famous folk festival in the world – Oktoberfest – and is still held in the original place, ‘Theresienwiese’ (‘Therese’s meadow’) in the heart of Munich.
Throughout the 19th century, the festivities expanded to include more beer stalls, amusements, folk music and dancing. In 1938, the horse races were removed from the Festival, though the expansion and development of the Festival continued into the Oktoberfest that is celebrated today. Who would have thought that a wedding celebration would turn into the world’s largest Folk Festival … and continue for more than 200 years?!
Oktoberfest Brisbane has been inspired, since its inception in 2008, to create and grow an authentic German Festival in the heart of Brisbane. With something new to experience every year, it’s much more than just another Oktoberfest, it’s a true German Festival!