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Oktoberfest

September 19th, 2020 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Main Branch, West Branch

Oktoberfest, started in 1810 as a celebration of the marriage between Ludwig I, the crown prince of Bavaria, and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, has been cancelled twenty times in over 200 years:

  • In 1813 for the Napoleonic wars,
  • In 1854 for a cholera epidemic,
  • In 1866 for the Austro-Prussian War and 1870 for the Franco-Prussian War,
  • In 1873 for another cholera epidemic,
  • From 1914-1918 for WWI,
  • In 1923 and 1924 due to hyper-inflation of the economy,
  • In 1939-1945 for WWII,
  • And 2020 for the coronavirus pandemic.

This year’s festival would have run from today, September 19, through October 4, however, despite its cancellation, you can still celebrate at home. Check out one of the following ebooks or books on German language on display at the library, or put one on reserve for curbside pick-up:

Or, take a look at Transparent, a language learning service available through the library.

Or, take a look at Transparent, a language learning service available through the library.

Challenge: try translating this popular Oktoberfest drinking song using only library materials:

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit

OANS! ZWOA! DREI! G’SUFFA!

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