Nearly 200 years ago, Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12. They decided to hold the wedding in a picturesque field outside the city gates of Munich. Being the magnanimous royals they were, they also chose to turn the wedding into a grand public celebration, so that even the lowly serfs could raise a measure of beer. The 16-day festival concluded with horseraces before the newly married couple, and everyone had such a grand time that they decided to do it again the next year. And the year after. And the one after that, ad infinitum. And thus the tradition of... More >>>