O’Zapft Isn’t: COVID-19 Forces Oktoberfest Off the Calendar for the Second Straight Year

ozapft isnt covid 19 forces oktoberfest off the calendar for the second straight year

For the second year in a row and the 26th overall ever since its debut in 1810, Oktoberfest has been cancelled. Despite the nation having reportedly broken the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Munich authorities have decided not to risk the mega event becoming a super-spreader.

🇩🇪🍺🌎🦠 Germany’s Oktoberfest is cancelled for the second year in a row due the coronavirus pandemic, per Bavarian premier Söder and Munich mayor Reiter. https://t.co/k2WokVPGRy

Oktoberfest is Germany’s world-famous and the world’s largest beer festival that sees close to six million people from around the world congregate in the months of September-October. The raucous fortnight of celebration sees beer-swigging revelers from everywhere, huddle around communal tables and gorge on pretzels and sausages, and enjoy brass bands. 

The festival has, in its history, been cancelled on accounts of war, economic depression and cholera. It was called off for the first time in 1813 due to the Napoleonic Wars; in 1854, a crushing cholera outbreak left thousands dead. The event was also scrapped during WWII and from 1946 to 1948…

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