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Oktoberfest opens in Munich after a break of 2 years

Revelers in Munich were racing on Saturday morning in traditional Bavarian clothing to secure a spot at the first Oktoberfest in two years. germanian famous beer festival Was put on hold for two years due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is the largest folk festival in the world. In its 200 year history, oktoberfest It was canceled 26 times, mostly during the First and Second World Wars, as well as twice because of cholera outbreaks.

Munich Mayor Didier Reiter opened this year’s ceremony with three hammer knocks and a tap in the first keg. “O’zapft’s traditional cry (it’s tapped),

Reiter presented the first tankard to the head of the regional government, Marcus Söder.

Visitors from Germany and around the world can enjoy pretzels the size of heavy beer mugs, fat-dripping sausages and dinner plates at Munich Oktoberfest until October 3. (Also read: Poland opens new canal for ships from the Baltic Sea to the Vistula Lagoon ports,

beer industry under pressure

Oktoberfest generates approximately €1.2 billion ($1.2 billion) in revenue, with beer gaining cult status in Germany.

But with many economic challenges, beer industry There is pressure in Germany.

The German Brewers Federation DBB on Friday called for help amid skyrocketing energy prices and supply chain disruptions.

“The government must respond,” DBB said. “Without prompt state intervention and aid, hundreds of enterprises in the German beverage sector would disappear and thousands would be rendered jobless.”

Oktoberfest visitors are also showing pressure, with 1 liter (2-pint) of beer costing between €12.60 and €13.80 – an increase of about 15% compared to 2019.

‘New phase’ of COVID

In 2019, the last time Oktoberfest was held, the event was attended by 6.3 million guests.

This year, the 187th festival is taking place without any COVID restrictions. Face mask is not required.

In comments published earlier on Saturday, Soder told the daily Münchner Merkur newspaper that there was a possibility of a rise in COVID cases after Oktoberfest.

But, “at the same time, thankfully, we are not measuring undue stress anywhere on hospitals,” said the politician from the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU).

“It speaks to us being in a new phase [the coronavirus pandemic]Soder said. Still, the authorities will try to protect the vulnerable, but will not stop the celebration, he said.

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