|This color image, collected by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite in October 2003, shows the "Theresienwiese" with its giant beer tents and roller coasters. |
The origin of the Oktoberfest goes back to the 19th century where Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, was married to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12th October 1810. The citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the royal wedding. These fields have been named "Theresienwiese" ("Therese's Meadow") in honor of the Crown Princess ever since.
Every three years an Agricultural Show is additionally held on the southern part of the festival grounds to support the Bavarian agriculture.
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