OKTOBERFEST-2012 World’s Biggest Beer Party Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer party drawing about six million visitors a year to Southern Germany. This year’s event marked the 179th year of celebration. The sixteen-day festival started on September 22nd at the Munich’s fairgrounds, came to an end on 7th October 2012 Venue Festival is conducted at Munich Fair Grounds, Germany History The festival, an important part of Bavarian culture, was started as a horse race to celebrate the royal wedding of King Ludwig I's in 1800’s. Everyone apparently enjoyed the drinking a lot than the horse race. Later, the royal couple and horse race became a part of history and the beer drinking took the front seat. Beer Tents The fest is held in various tents that number 14 in all. 1. Hippodrom 2.Armbrustschützenzelt 3. Hofbräuzelt 4. Hackerzelt 5. Schottenhamel 6. Winzerer Fähndl 7. Schützenfesthalle 8. Käfers Wiesn Schänke 9. Weinzelt - Nymphenburger Sektkellerei 10. Löwenbräu 11. Pschorr – Bräurosl 12. Augustinerzelt 13. Ochsenbraterei 14. Fischer-Vroni Outfits The traditional clothing is also a real eye-catcher of the festival. Practically anything goes, but guys wear leather pants, leather shorts with suspenders, women wear "Dirndl", a dress with floral patterns and a deep cleavage. The outfits cost around €100 to €120. You can even dress up like a traditional German and enjoy the allure of the festival.