The annual Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival, kicked off on Saturday for the first time since 2019, marking the end of a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands sporting “Lederhosen”, or leather pants – a typical part of Bavarian culture – attended the event that often attracts around 6 million visitors to Munich a year, including tourists from around the world.
“It was a nervous moment walking through the whole crowd,” said one visitor. “When we sit down and have a beer, we’re good.”
Revelers sit at long tables to sip beer, eat sausages, pretzels or bacon, and listen to oompah bands.
The mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter said that before this year’s Oktoberfest, held from Sept. 17 to October. 3, will be done without the restrictions of Covid-19.
Top photo: Visitors attend the official opening of the world’s largest beer festival, the 187th Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany on September 17, 2022. Credit: REUTERS/Andreas Gebert