Oktoberfest returns after two-year hiatus

The annual Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer pageant, kicked off on Saturday for the primary time since 2019, marking the top of a two-year hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hundreds sporting “Lederhosen”, or leather-based trousers — a typical mainstay of Bavarian tradition — flocked to the occasion that often attracts round 6 million guests to Munich a yr, together with vacationers from around the globe.

“It’s kind of of an anxious second strolling by the entire crowd,” one customer stated. “As soon as we get sitting down and having a beer we’ll be alright.”

Revelers sit at lengthy communal tables to swig beer, eat sausages, pretzel or pork knuckle, and take heed to oompah bands.

Munich mayor Dieter Reiter stated earlier this yr that the Oktoberfest, held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, would happen with none Covid-19 restrictions.

Prime picture: Guests attend the official opening of the world’s largest beer pageant, the 187th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany on September 17, 2022. Credit score: REUTERS/Andreas Gebert

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