October is my favorite month! It’s my birth month so it’s clearly a bias choice. Lol!
For beer lovers all over the world, this month is highly significant. Why? It’s Oktoberfest! It is the largest beer festival and travelling funfair. It is also celebrated all over the world and Philippines doesn’t miss it!
Some Random Facts About Oktoberfest
- World’s largest Volksfest (Beer festival)
- Originated and annually held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany
- 16 day folk festival which draws millions of people from different countries
- Celebrated in honor of the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen
- It has been practiced for about 200 years already
- You say “prost!”which means cheers in the festival
- Among the popular snacks during the festival are: Hendl (grilled chicken), Brezel (huge pretzels) and Shweinshaxe (pork knuckles)
Oktoberfest in the Philippines
Since we also have a number of German immigrants and companies in the country, it is no surprise that we also join the celebration of Oktoberfest.
The German Club Manila holds Oktoberfest in different parts of the country. Of course, Cebu never misses out on great festivities!
Oktoberfest in Crimson
For the third year in a row, Crimson held it’s own Oktoberfest which was held in the resort’s beachfront. Guests were serenaded with traditional Bavarian music by the Bavarian Sound Express all the way from Munich. It surely is fun to hear songs which you don’t understand but everyone seemed to enjoy it. There were also a lot of Koreans which added more enthusiastic vibe since they were always on the go!
It was indeed a night filled with great food, music, people and the most important thing – lots of beer!
Why should you join or participate in festivals like Oktoberfest?
We Filipinos are very fond of festivals. By participating in festivals that are of foreign origin, we also get to know a bit of their culture. It’s not just the beer that we are talking about here – I mean it’s not every day that you get to see women wearing Dirndl dresses (traditional Bavarian costume) and some men in their Tracht costumes and be serenaded by a German band. It’s like getting a touch of Munich without having to fly halfway round the world. My personal goal is to be able to go back to Germany in time for Oktoberfest because people indulge in beer there every day so I’m curious how far it goes especially on this festival!
Stay tuned next year for another awesome Oktoberfest celebration from Crimson Resort and Spa and don’t forget to bring your squad for an evening full of beer and fun! Prooosssttt!