The Best Photos That Capture The True Heart, Soul and Hops of Oktoberfest
Marc Gordon - September 19, 2019

Changes

By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.
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One of the most anticipated festivals around the world is Oktoberfest, the 16-day German Volksfest (beer festival). Held in the Bavaria region,  it’s a celebration of two things Germans hold near and dear: their beer and their food. What most people don’t know is that Oktoberfest has been around since the early 1900s.  And while some traditions have changed with time, some things remain exactly the same, as evidenced by these photos.

 

Need a Lift?

 

Getty Images/Toronto Star/Jeff Goode

 

Flashback to 1976, when 17-year old Dana Beyer is crowned Miss Oktoberfest. Upon her coronation, she is swiftly lifted into the air by the man next to her, who appears to have a ribbon of his own. Judging by her expression,  she’s totally ready to be put down now.

 

 

Sticky Situation

 

 

“You guys would tell me if there was something in my dirndl, right?” The combination of these low cut barmaid dresses and several pints of beer makes for some very awkward moments. It’s not clear whether she’s looking for a lost contact lens, or perhaps just wants to loosen her corset.  In any case, no use crying over spilled beer.

 

I’m Fine, Guys

 

 

7.5 million liters of beer are consumed at Oktoberfest, and it looks like this guy drank half of it. Seriously though, where are his friends? It looks like someone had a little too much fun and needs a quick break from all the festivities. Unfortunately for him, that means being doubled over and passed out on a bar.  At least his outfit is still on point. And apparently, he makes a nice arm-rest.

 

 

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

 

 

God bless Bavaria. These girls clearly came to party and nothing’s gonna stand in their way (not even a low tolerance). The dirndl is actually a traditional feminine dress that’s commonly worn in Austria and Bavaria. It’s possible that the girl in green might have ordered her’s a few sizes too small, but it’s highly unlikely that anyone’s complaining.

 

Three Musketeers

 

Getty Images/Fairfax Media Archives

 

Ah, the 70s. These ladies in their classic barmaid dresses were clearly the belles of the ball. Also, who can say no to a nice, big suckling pig on a platter? Today, the most common foods eaten at Oktoberfest are roast chicken and pork, Wurstl (sausages) and of course, pretzels. While both the fashion and delicacies have evolved since this photo was taken, it’s nice to look back and see what inspired the festival as we know it today.

 

 

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

 

 

Yikes. This guy’s day is off to a pretty rough start, but he definitely has a bunch of crazy stories from the night before to make up for it. But between being passed out in broad daylight and his traditional feather hat, this picture perfectly sums up Oktoberfest. We definitely have some questions, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be able to give us any answers.