Today is not only the first day of autumn, but the first day of the Oktoberfest in Munich. I went there once, many years ago (in the pouring rain) and decided I was not the beer festival type! (Too many people for a country bumpkin like me!)
Originally the festival was in October, but since the weather is often quite pleasant in mid-late September, it was brought forward a few days.
I do enjoy watching the news on this day, and hearing the famous words of the opening ceremony spoken by Munich’s mayor:
… which means, the first barrel of the specially brewed Oktoberfest beer has been tapped.
If you are interested in learning more about the festival, the official website is very good (and this link is the English version): www.oktoberfest.de
Have a look at all the lovely Bavarian dresses, costumes and Lederhose!