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How did the tradition of Oktoberfest start?
With the royal wedding. Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King of Bavaria, Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on October 12, 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. Since then, Otoberfest is held at the same place every year (except for epidemics and wars).
When is Oktoberfest held?
In September. The world's largest beer festival once took place in October, but was eventually prolonged and moved ahead to September to allow for better weather conditions. Today, the last day of the festival is the first Sunday in October.
In which Spanish city is the "La Tomatina" feast held, during which the famous tomato fight takes place?
Buñol. La Tomatina is a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol, a town located in the East of Spain 30 kilometres (19 mi) from the Mediterranean, in which participants throw tomatoes and get involved in this tomato fight purely for entertainment purposes. Since 1945 it has been held on the last Wednesday of August, during the week of festivities of Buñol.
Processional giants and dragons are characteristic for ...
Belgium and France. Processional giants and dragons are a set of folkloric manifestations in Belgium and France, Inherited from medieval rites. The Giant is one of the symbols of the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Present at regional festivals and events, he represents the northern community.
Where does the famous trumpet festival take place?
In Guča, Serbia. The sound of the trumpet traditionally accompanies every major event in Serbia's rural life: births, baptisms, weddings, harvesting, reaping, and also funerals. The Guča trumpet festival is the largest trumpet festival in the country, with about 600,000 visitors every year, both from Serbia and abroad.
In which city does the "Feast of Fire" take place every March?
In Valencia (Spain). The Falles is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, Spain. The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration. The Falles festival was added to UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage of humanity list on 30 November 2016.
Where is the Golden Bear prize awarded?
Berlin. The Golden Bear is the highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, featured on both the coat of arms and flag of Berlin.
Where does Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, take place?
In Munich. The Oktoberfest is not only the largest beer festival, but also the world's largest fair in general, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. It is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810.
Which town in Spain is world famous for its running-of-the-bulls festival?
Pamplona. The city is famous worldwide for the San Fermín festival, from July 6 to 14, in which the running of the bulls is one of the main attractions. This festival was brought to literary renown with the 1926 publication of Ernest Hemingway's novel, The Sun Also Rises.
Where is the biggest open-air music festival in the world organized?
Austria. The Donauinselfest (German for Danube Island Festival) is a free open-air music festival taking place annually at Donauinsel in Vienna, Austria. With over 3 million visitors in 3 days, it's the biggest open-air music festival in the world.