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October 23, 2008
Hindi music and Palestinian beer toast Oktoberfest

The main street of Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Brazil during the country’s Oktoberfest.

Germany’s famed Oktoberfest ended several weeks ago in Munich, but the party continues around the world.

Recently, Palestine celebrated its fourth annual Oktoberfest, sponsored by Palestinian Tybeh brand beer. Festival coordinator Maria C. Khoury writes at the online magazine “Counterpunch” that Oktoberfest represents some sense of normalcy amid violent living conditions.

Brazil‘s Oktoberfest in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, is the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Germany. Watch a video of the celebrations, which will last through Oct. 26. The city of Blumenau was founded in 1850 by German immigrant Hermann Otto Blumenau and celebrates its twenty-fifth Oktoberfest.

More recently, a German migrant brought Oktoberfest to Peru.  The country recently celebrated the sixth annual Oktoberfest in Lima. The “Living in Peru” blog describes past festivities in Lima, attended by about 15,000.

Over the summer, several other countries had beer festivals. “An Englishman in Japan” blog writes about Japanese Oktoberfest, which toured Japan over a period of several months.

Last month, Denmark held a festival in Copenhagen, praised by the “Go Big or Go Home” blog.

Countries adapt beer festivals to their individual cultures. Foregoing Bavarian rhythms, Hindi music plays at Oktoberfest in India, according to “The Manipal Journal.”

And despite the worldwide fame of Italy‘s wine, the “Real Italy” blog writes about Italian beer festivals and the country’s growing appreciation for the beverage.

Though many countries feature German or German-inspired beer, the “2point6billion” blog writes about pride in Asian beers and outlines some tasty varieties.

Oktoberfest begain in Munich, Germany in the year 1810 to celebrate a royal marriage. Today, the festival takes place in September to ensure better weather conditions. Higher beer prices have failed to deter the nearly six million people who travel to Munich for a stein or two, or three, or more.

Photos courtesy of Flickr users Ben Harris-Roxas and PedPin under a Creative Commons license.

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