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Saturday, 18 October 2008, 6:00pm - 10:00pm by  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Hits : 5052

 

Oktoberfest

Date: 18th October 2008

Time: 6pm

Contact: 04-2296853


PIC: Ms Annelore Fischer

 

 

Oktoberfest History


Royal Wedding on 12 October 1810. Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 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. The fields were named “Theresienwiese (Theresa’s fields) in honor of the Crown Princess ever since, although the locals have since abbreviated the name simply to the “Wies’n”. There was a horse race with over 40,000 spectators, but no beer! The decision to repeat the horse races in subsequent years gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest continues from 1811. The Agricultural Show was added to the Festival in 1811 to boost Bavarian agriculture. The Show is still held every 3 years during Oktoberfest. Horse races are no longer held today. In the first few decades the choice of amusements was sparse. The first carousel and 2 swings were setup in 1818. Visitors were able to quench their thirst at small beer stands, which great rapidly in number. In 1835 the procession of national costumes began in honor of the silver anniversary of King Ludwig I and Therese of Bavaria. In 1896 the beer stands were replaced by the first beer tents and halls setup by enterprising landlords with the backing of breweries. The remainder of the Festival site was a fun-fair. The range of carousels on offer rapidly increased in the 1870’s as the fairground trade continued to grow. After World War II this Bavarian "joie de vivre” was revived under the name “autumn festival” but it was not until 1949 that the former glory of Oktoberfest returned.

Today’s Oktoberfest. An annual celebration (held in October, of course) in the beer gardens of Munich and in many parts of Germany. The festival last for two weeks and is the biggest beer festival in the world. More than 6 Million visitors from all over the world will come to Munich every year! The general theme of the event is sitting around in the open air on benches at long wooden tables, drinking copious quantities of beer, eating traditional food, listening to traditional Bavarian music, yodeling, and playing games such as log chopping, wood sawing, arm wrestling, and again….more beer drinking.

The Parades. The Munich Kindl ( a young woman) leads the parade on horseback, with the Mayor of Munich and the Governor of Bavaria directly behind in a festively decorated horse-drawn coach. They are followed by a colorful mixture of proprietor families, decorated carriages, magnificent teams of oxen from the Munich breweries, waiters and waitresses on decorated wagons and all of the Oktoberfest bands. Festively clothed traditional costume group members, Trachtler, alternate in colorful succession with sports clubs, mountain marksmen, brass bands, marching bands, trumpeters, and brilliant fan twirlers. On the victory ceremony anniversary of the Oktoberfest shooting match of the Bavarian rifle society, riflemen will fire off a large-scale salute on the steps of the Bavarian Pantheon.

The Beer. Traditional Oktoberfest beer is specially brewed, clean and fresh in character. It is always served in draught form. Weissbier (white beer) is another traditional German beer and is created by leaving a certain amount of ingredients in the bottle in order to continue the brewing process even after bottling – it remains as a living beer with the yeast still at work.

The Food. Traditional Oktoberfest food is quite a heavy style and goes well with large quantities of…..beer! Best known dishes include Schinkenwurst, a sausage, Goulash suppe, a Hungarian soup, Sclachtplatte, a plate of assorted butchers meats, sausages, pretzels, and potato salad.

Oktoberfest in Penang. In 1973 the Society’s Vice President George Friele of Behn Meyer and the German Counsel in Penang organized a group of German ladies led by Mrs. Annemarie Sutter. They got support from German companies in the area and presto!, the glory of Oktoberfest began in Penang. Oktoberfest has been celebrated in Penang every year since then and in 1977 the Inntaler Musikanten band has flown to Penang from Bavaria to celebrate with all of us.

 

OKTOBERFEST MESSAGE 2008 by the President of the MGS, Mr. Ebinger:


Dear Members and Friends!

You all are aware that the Munich Oktoberfest is the biggest public festival in the world and there is no need to explain a lot about it. Many tourists from all over the world visited or are going to this big German - Bavarian event. For those who can’t get enough and those who don’t have the time to go there, there are more than 2000 Oktoberfest “copies” around the world. But copying an Oktoberfest it not as easy as it looks. For sure you can make some photos from the original and ask somebody to build it for you, but than you will only get the infrastructure. What really makes an October - fest to a real Oktoberfest is the good atmosphere and coziness or the “Gemuetlichkeit”

Gemuetlichkeit is not learnt from a book, rather it comes by practicing. For this the MGS comes in play by offering this year its 36th annual practice session. With the yearly growing number of “Praktikanten” either locals, “Amos” or those German who come from the northern part of the “Weisswurstgrenze” (white sausage border) you can see how successful our training is. Many of the participants sign up every year for the refreshment course when they realized that only hard practice can lead to a real Oktoberfest-Gemuetlichkeit-Master. This also gives us every year the great opportunity to fulfill our first Objective “to promote friendship, understanding and good relationship between the people of Malaysia and Germany”. There is no other event in Penang where friendships between Malaysians and Germans are made easier and where you will understand the meaning of German Gemuetlichkeit.

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped organize this years Oktoberfest and to all the companies who supported us with donations, gifts and advertisements. It is only with their help that we can hold an Oktoberfest in such a cozy atmosphere.

I wish you all a successful training session and an enjoyable evening.

“Ein Prosit der Gemuetlichkeit”

Karl Ebinger


 

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