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October 5 2019
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Toasting female empowerment at Oktoberfest.

Auslanders may view Oktoberfest as an annual piss-up in funny outfits, but for Germans, Wiesn—so called after the central-Munich park Theresienwiese, where it’s been held since 1810—is a more significant affair.

First of all, it’s technically not a beer festival, thank you, but a folk festival. Oompah music, Bavarian food, and what you wear (lederhosen, dirndls) are as important as the brew, and with more than six million visitors a year over 16 days in September and early October, it is the largest folk festival in the world.

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