Oktoberfest 2024

From September 21st to October 6th, Munich's Theresienwiese will transform into a vibrant festival ground for the 189th Oktoberfest, captivating visitors from around the world with its festive spirit and timeless traditions. Join us for warm autumn evenings with a warm breeze at the traditional Oktoberfest season at Theresienwiese in Munich.

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The History of Oktoberfest

Lederhosen and Dirndl

In the early 19th century, King Maximilian II of Bavaria sought to promote rural clothing as a means to strengthen Bavarian national identity. The ruling Wittelsbach family even issued decrees to enforce this, creating a national garment that became a symbol of Bavaria.
Contrary to popular belief, Dirndls were not originally work attire for maids and servants but were rather fashionable garments worn by affluent urban women, especially during summer vacations in the countryside. The term 'Dirndl' is derived from the word 'Diernen', which referred to maids working on farms in Bavaria and Austria during the 19th century. Each position where the Dirndl bow is tied has its own meaning: Right stands for taken, Left stands for single, Front stands for virgin or underaged, Back stands for waitress or widowed.
Lederhosen go beyond mere functionality; they are surprisingly versatile. Crafted from deerskin, they combine softness with durability, offering protection from the elements and adapting seamlessly to liquids like rain or beer. Lederhosen were once deemed "immoral" by the Catholic church, leading to their taboo status during mass in certain churches. Nowadays, they are more accepted and even allowed for weddings.

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