Autumn Gold

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:

O’zapft is’

… which means, the first barrel of the specially brewed Oktoberfest beer has been tapped.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons

If you are interested in learning more about the festival, the official website is very good (and this link is the English version):

Have a look at all the lovely Bavarian dresses, costumes and Lederhose! 😀

Picture: Wikimedia Commons

Wishing you all a golden autumn!