Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest, beer festival and fun fair, held annually in Munich, Germany. It is a 16-day folk festival beginning in mid or late September lasting until the first weekend in October. More than 6 million people from around the world attend the event in Munich every year, and although we remained in Düsseldorf, we did attend an Oktoberfest celebration at Mario's school since Oktoberfest is an important part of German culture.
The Oktoberfest celebration at Mario's school was centered around the opening of new soccer fields at his school and the beginning of the school year. The celebrations included soccer matches, bouncy tents, train tables, German food and baked goods and, of course, beer for the adults. Not all, but most females wore traditional dirndls and the males wore traditional lederhosen, German for leather breeches. Mario looked adorable in his first pair of lederhosen paired with a sweatshirt, leggings, soccer socks and sneakers. He was excited to get dressed up too; especially after seeing me in my dirndl, and had a blast at his first Oktoberfest enjoying a giant gingerbread cookie and playing at the train table. Enjoy Mario's First Oktoberfest.