If you are Bavarian, you don’t really care that you live in the largest federal state of Germany. But you are incredibly proud of “being different”. You relate to a long history of traditions which you know or at least pretend to know. You are happy to live in a beautiful part of Europe, where you can swim in lakes, explore forests or climb the highest of all German mountains in the Alps (Zugspitze, 2962 m). If you travel around the world, you explain your origin by mentioning the castle of Neuschwanstein, FC Bayern Munich, or maybe you even mention Audi & BMW.
The old man, whom I saw sleeping in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Bavaria/Germany) may have never had the challenge to explain where he comes from. But also he knows the ultimate catchwords in case all the hints above did not explain where Bavarians come from: from the land of “Lederhosen” (world famous leather pants) and the beer festival. Last Saturday, the Oktoberfest was opened for the 178th time in history. More than 6.5 million guests are expected. They will drink more than 7 million liters of beer, eat more than 100 bulls & more than 500.000 chickens. They will meet, dance and celebrate with people from all over the world. All of this happens within a bit more than 2 weeks. And how does the festival traditionally start? It’s the job of Munich’s mayor: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBef_sRT_5Q