Monday, September 20, 2010

O'zapft is

Munich's mayor has tapped the first keg, opening this year's annual Oktoberfest in southern Germany, where millions of guests from around the globe are expected to clink giant mugs of frothy beer to celebrate 200 years of the internationally famous festival.

To the accompaniment of the traditional 12-gun salute Mayor Christian Ude used two swift taps of his hammer to open the first keg today and declared in the local dialect 'O'zapft is', or 'It's tapped', signalling the opening of the beer festival that runs for the next 17 days.

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