Sunday, 19 January 2020

Oktoberfest - The Biggest Beer Show!







Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16 to 18 day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first Sunday in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. Last year it was held on 21 September. In 2018, it was on 22 September and in 2020 it will be on 19 September to 4 Ooctober......... 
Unfortunately, the Oktoberfest cannot take place in 2020 due to the spread of Covid-19. Oktoberfest 2020 had to be cancelled.

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It all started with a wedding – Prince Ludwig, who later became King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen’s wedding on October 12, 1810. Citizens of Munich were invited to celebrate the happy event. The Royal Brewery released a special brew for the occasion, and everyone had such a good time that it was decided to repeat the festivities, a tradition we now know as Oktoberfest. In addition to the huge Beer tents, the festival is also the world’s largest fair, with amusement rides, roller coasters, food and drink stalls, shows, etc.

The 14 tents serve only specially brewed Munich beer. The brewing process starts in the spring. It has an alcohol content of around 6-7% and comes in 1-litre steins. It’s the main attraction at the festival along with other entertainment and fun..

Oktoberfest, a joyful festival and is the world's largest Volksfest (beer festival and travelling funfair). Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany; it is a 16 to 18 day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first Sunday in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa's meadows (Theresienwiese).





The mayor declares the festival open, by saying- O’Zapt is (It’s tapped). The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. During the event, large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed: during the 16-day festival in 2013, for example, 7.7 million litres (66,000 US bbl; 1,700,000 imp gal) were served. Visitors also enjoy numerous attractions, such as amusement rides, side stalls, and games.

There is also a wide variety of traditional food available. 7.5 m litres were served in the previous year to 6.3 m visitors. 11.80 euros ($13) was the cost of a 1-litre jug last year. 124 oxen, 48 calves, 59,000 pork knuckles, 60,000 pork sausages and 510,000 grilled chickens were consumed. Some Oktoberfest waitresses (and waiters) carry up to 18 beer mugs weighing around 41.4 kg at the same time. Last year saw 5,800 injuries to people in the crowd and 840 passports were lost.

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place in the 16-day period leading up to the first Sunday in October. From about 1820, the festival was moved to September to take advantage of the longer day light hours and warmer weather at that time of year. The dates for this year are September 21 to October 6.

The pretty knotty girls wear Dirndls (traditional female dress) that reveal the wearer’s status. Look above the apron: if there’s a bow on the right, she is taken. If on the left, she is available. A bow bang on the front, she is a virgin.

In 1994, this longstanding schedule was modified in response to German reunification. As such, if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or the 2nd, then the festival would run until 3 October (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival now runs for 17 days when the first Sunday is 2 October and 18 days when it is 1 October. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October (4 October), to mark the event's bicentennial.

The The Munich Oktoberfest is the biggest beer show in the world. Tourists from around the world flock here in great numbers to participate and watch the fun, entertainment and best of all, gulp the maximum beer served by pretty waitresses and waiters.   

Dos and don’ts at the festival to be followed to avoid any unpleasantness- Don’t try to bribe the bouncers to get inside. Either you come at 10 am and stand in line like the rest of the tourists, or make reservations ahead. Never try to chug the mug or a big, burly, Bavarian bouncer will throw you out. Don’t nurse your drinks either. The mugs must be renewed in a 30 minute interval. Remember to tip your waitress/waiter. Try to hold your first visit to the toilet as long as humanly possible. Once you start you will be running constantly.

Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modeled after the original Munich event. But the real fun is at the Munich Oktoberfest that brings out best fun, entertainment and beer. And it's colourful and crazy. It's a huge fun fair for the locals and tourists who enjoy every moment. A large number of tourists from around the world come to participate and be a part of this wonderful festival that goes on for days with beer flowing on all the days.







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Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Greece – through the lens!





Greece – ancient country in the Balkans A popular tourist destination, Greece in south-eastern Europe comprises of thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it's often called the cradle of western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. The country’s currency is Euro........

Tourism in Greece has been a key element of the economic activity of the country, and is one of the most important revenue-earner. Greece has been a major tourist destination and an attraction in Europe since the 1970s mainly for its rich culture and history, which is reflected in large part by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, among the most in Europe and the world as well as for its long coastline, many islands and beaches. There are numerous archaeological sites dotted all around Greece, many of which are popular with 
tourists.


The ancient structures across the country, some of which are huge, are well-maintained though many are in ruins but give an idea of the glorious days. They tell a story of the ancient era when Greece was considered as the cradle of western civilization. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos. The country’s currency is Euro.

 Greece has attracted as much as 33 million visitors in 2018, up from 24 million in 2015, making Greece one of the most visited countries in Europe and the world, and contributing around 25 per cent to the nation's Gross Domestic Product. Its capital city Athens, as well as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, Crete and Chalkidice are some of the country's major tourist destinations.




Several museums are located in the Hellenic Republic. Generally speaking, every major city and town in Greece has its own Archaeological Museum, which houses findings from the nearby area. However, most of them can be found in the big cities like Athens, where the famous New Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum are located. Furthermore, there are vast numbers of galleries like the National Gallery (Athens).

There are many museums in Thessaloniki too, like the Byzantine Museum. Overall, there are approximately 150 museums all over the country which are easily accessible for tourists. These Museums with artifacts tell you about the history, culture, traditional and lifestyle of  the people of ancient Greece.

In recent years, Greece has also promoted religious tourism and pilgrimages to regions with a significant historical religious presence, such as the monasteries in Meteora and Mount Athos, in cooperation with other countries.

Greece also is one of Europe's most popular LGBT tourist destinations, particularly its largest cities Athens and Thessaloniki and some of its islands such as Lesbos, Skiathos and Mykonos. The latter is a well-known Gay-friendly destination with many establishments catering to the LGBT community.


Greece has a Mediterranean climate along its coasts and islands. Once inland, many areas and cities experience a continental climate. Summers are usually hot and dry, while winters are generally mild and wet. Northern Greece can experience cold winters, while Southern Greece and the islands experience considerably milder winters.

As a developed country highly dependent on tourism, Greece offers a wide variety of tourist facilities. Tourism infrastructure in Greece has been greatly improved since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and continues to expand with a number of important projects particularly in areas of less mass-tourism. Some popular beach resorts include Crete, Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, Kefalonia, Zante and Skiathos attracting millions of foreign tourists every year.

My good friend Natalia Skoroletnia from Greece kind enough to permit me to post the pictures on the blog. I am sure this blog will arouse your interest in Greece and its ancient tourist spots and encourage you to have a enjoyable holiday in Greece. People who have been there enjoyed the hospitality and loved what they saw around this beautiful country.


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