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Oktoberfest – Yet Another Excuse to Drink

October 12th, 2006 Visited 2182 times, 1 so far today

What started out as a celebration of the marriage between Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and the horse race that was part of the festivities has grown into an annual affair of dressing in costume and partaking of large quantities of beer.  As you can imagine, this makes it quite popular.

However, this wasn’t always the case.  The marriage took place in 1810 and the first beer was poured in 1892.  It was also in the 1960s when they began to wear the Bavarian clothing to celebrate the marriage again– and to give it some identity, I’m sure.

However, I’d like to point out that this story illustrates our cultural and moral decline.

It certainly is “cute” that these men and ladies gather from around the world to dress up and socialize, but what was once an event celebrating a marriage has turned into a celebration of sex and booze.

You won’t find much celebrating the original couple, but of the fact that the famous beer tents are now closed if you venture to the Oktoberfest web site.  In fact, you can’t find details about the history at all– just ways to get there, how much you can partake in, a gallery for pictures from it, and ads for places to stay while you’re there.

In many ways, it’s degraded into something that went from a source of national pride into just another excuse to drink– much like some of our own national holidays.  Look at the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, etc.  They’re more about picnicking, grilling, drinking and buying used cars than they are about remembering those who died and celebrating our freedoms.

We live in a culture that is quickly forgetting how it got where it was– the blood sweat and tears that made us free.  And just as Oktoberfest lost its identity (and I’m not saying that it was that noble!), we are becoming a nation that doesn’t really understand the cost of freedom, and that looks at our holidays in much the same way– another excuse to drink.

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  • Leticia says on: October 12, 2006 at 6:25 pm

     

    MIn I remember the Oktoberfest and something called “fausching” I have no clue how to spell it. All I know is that Germans seem to have many “drinking” holidays.

    Oh well..

  • ann_in_grace says on: January 9, 2007 at 1:13 pm

     

    You know who/which group is best at brewing beer?
    I hope you do, but in case you do not, I will tell you 😉

    Several catholic monasteries in the Western Europe, mainly, and sum nuns, too, specialize in this industry.

    Who would have thought…

  • MInTheGap says on: January 9, 2007 at 1:26 pm

     

    I hate to say it, but that’s probably much more noble than charging money for the removal of sins!

  • flashnolan says on: January 9, 2007 at 3:12 pm

     

    “Wine is a mocker” and it does a good job of that.

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