When and How did Oktoberfest Begin?Add Answer
The year after the wedding the Bavarians wanted to host the event to promote Bavarian agriculture, an aspect of the original event that prevails even today. The Oktoberfest has since then become a Bavarian tradition. A million gallons of beer and all forms of alcoholic beverage is central to the participation in the celebrations at the Oktoberfest of today. The parade which was a part of the first royal celebration also became a staple at the event since the year 1850. Over 8000 people from across Bavaria, dressed in traditional costumes walk through Munich to what is now called the official grounds of the traditional Oktoberfest.
A cholera epidemic in 1854 claimed the lives of three thousand people and this resulted in the cancellation of the celebration of the Oktoberfest. Tragically the event was canceled in 1873, again due to a cholera epidemic. Despite intermittent cancellations due to wars, the event in 1880 was extra special with booths and tents being brightened with the use of electric lamps.