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What Is Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest In Munich, Germany
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Fall festivals are often a destination for many people seeking an autumn-inspired trip. Oktoberfest in Munich is perhaps the biggest and most famous one. But what is Oktoberfest?

Every September you may find yourself wondering why October’s namesake festival has once again begun in what seems to be the wrong month. And what exactly are all those beer maids and lederhosen-wearing Germans celebrating?

Here’s what Oktoberfest is.

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