Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens ofMunich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields have been namedTheresienwiese ("Theresa's fields") in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the "Wies'n".
[pic]Horseraces in the presence of the Royal Family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horseraces in the subsequent year gave rise to the tradition of the Oktoberfest.
The Munich Oktoberfest - known by the locals as the "Wiesn" - is thebiggest public festival in the world and will be held in 2009 for the 176th time. Each year, the Oktoberfest is attended by around 6 million visitors, who drink more than 5million liters of beer and consume over 200,000 pairs of pork sausages - mostly in the "beer tents" put up by the traditional Munich breweries.
At the foot of theBavaria statue, the huge Oktoberfest grounds also provide carousels, roller coasters and all the spectacular fun of the fair for the enjoyment and excitement ofvisitors of all ages.
The festivities are accompanied by a program of events, including the Grand Entry of the Oktoberfest Landlords and Breweries, the Costume andRiflemen's Procession, and a concert involving all the brass bands represented at the "Wiesn".
The Oktoberfest will take place from 18th September until 3th October 2010.