5 Oktoberfest Traditions You Can Enjoy At HomeSep 30, 2020 02:12PM ● By Kaitlyn Malone
Celebrate the first weekend of October! This year since most community Oktoberfest festivities will not occur due to the novel Coronavirus, we must take some initiative to celebrate Oktoberfest in our own homes!
It’s easy! Start with the food and music, and if you are feeling it, break out the lederhosen and dirndl (the traditional dress for ladies). If you don’t happen to have those lying around, look up traditional Bavarian attire and pick out items from your closet that match as best you can, like a pair of shorts and suspenders for gents, and a skirt and apron for the ladies with traditional braided hair.
And after you have had a stein full of some German beer and some homemade sauerkraut and bratwurst, you will most likely be in the mood for a yodeling competition and the traditional Chicken Dance!
Beer & Drinks
Drinking beer from a stein is such an iconic part of Oktoberfest! If you don’t like beer or don’t drink alcohol, still get yourself a stein glass, the traditional 1-liter steins (33.8 ounces) and fill it with your favorite cider or root beer. For those of you who do enjoy a beer- this is your time! Pick up some beer at your local breweries in Hanover like Sign Of The Horse brewery. See their beer list here. Fill up your pint with your beer of choice and let the festivities begin! Don’t forget to say “Prost!” which means “Cheers!” when you raise your glasses together.
The Chicken Dance
Wearing the appropriate attire is a key element in creating an authentic Oktoberfest experience at home. Women wear an outfit called dirndl, which entails a blouse and bodice and a full skirt and maybe an apron. The lady’s hair is usually in pigtails or a braid wrapped around the head. The man wears the iconic lederhosen, including suspenders with shorts, long socks, a shirt, and a hat. You can find some traditional photos online and do your best to match. Dressing for the occasion will add to the spirit.
Happy yodeling everyone!