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  1. Oktoberfest, Octoberfest(noun)

    a strong lager made originally in Germany for the Oktoberfest celebration; sweet and copper-colored

  2. Oktoberfest(noun)

    an autumn festival that involves merrymaking and drinking beer

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  1. Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world's largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but "die Wiesn", after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event. The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the sixteen days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3. Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October, to mark the anniversary of the event. The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese, often called Wiesn for short, located near Munich's center. Large quantities of Oktoberfest Beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16 day festival in 2007. Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional food such as Hendl, Schweinebraten, Schweinshaxe, Steckerlfisch, Würstl along with Brezeln, Knödel, Käsespätzle, Reiberdatschi, Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda and Weisswurst.

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