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Posted on Jul 4, 2014 in Celebrations and Holidays, USA |

Did You Know These Facts for July 4th?

1.The fist Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia in 1776. 2. The first official 4th of July party was held at the White House in 1801. 3. The population of the United States in 1776 was about 2.5 million, spread around 13 states. Now, the population is more than 318 million, spread throughout the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. 4. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress and that’s why America celebrates on this date. However, in a letter to his wife, President John Adam wrote that July 2 would be the day celebrated. After a draft by Thomas Jefferson and editing by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, it was presented to the Congress 2 days later. 5. Strange or perhaps not but John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all presidents of the USA died on the 4th July. 6. Almost 41 million Americans will spend the holiday at other people’s places and more than 74 million Americans will have a BBQ for the 4th. 7. At least $600 million will be spent on fireworks nationwide on the 4th. 8. The tune of the National Anthem was initially used by an English drinking song called To Anacreon in Heaven. L’chaim! 9. About 3,6 million of American flags are imported each year, most of them from China. 10. 4th of July is also officially celebrated in Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden Visa FirstMore...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Celebrations and Holidays, Travel Destinations |

A Guide to Oktoberfest in Germany

Oktoberfest is the iconic celebration of fun, food, and festivities in Germany. The festival focuses on many aspects of German life and culture, including beer, historical events, and a celebration of German life. If you love the German culture and food, you won’t want to miss attending the world’s largest Oktoberfest in Munich. When is Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest used to be held in October, but German weather is quite cold and rainy (and sometimes there is snow) by mid-fall. Today, the festival is held in September to ensure fairer weather. The festival has been held in September since 1872. What Started Oktoberfest? Oktoberfest is the largest folk festival in the world. It was started in 1810 in honor of the wedding ceremony of the Crown Prince Ludwig, who was the king of Bavaria. He married Princess Therese of Sachsen-Hildburghausen, and the very first Oktoberfest celebrated their marriage. The people had such a good time at the celebrations, the decided to hold them every year. What Can You Do at Oktoberfest? The celebration contains a lot of food and fun. The main attractions are food, beer, and parades. The festival also offers other activities, like halls of entertainment, 130 rides and games to play, and many street vendors where you can purchase cultural items. Throughout the event, the celebrations include cultural precessions, historical events, and many other fun activities. What about the Beer? You may be surprised at how regulated the beer is at Oktoberfest. By law, only breweries in Munich are allowed at Oktoberfest. The Munich breweries of Augustinerbrauerei, Hacker-Pschorrbrauerei, Paulanerbrauerei, Spatenbrauerei, Löwenbrauerei and Staatliches Hofbräuhaus create special blends specifically for Oktoberfest each year. These beers must adhere to standards set way back in 1467. What Can You Eat? There are many delicious foods to try at Oktoberfest. You can try creamy obatzda cheese, Bavarian radishes, sausage, roast chicken, spicy fish, roasted ox, fried potatoes, pretzels, and a whole lot more. You should arrive hungry and eat plenty of food to avoid the effects of all of the alcohol you are sure to consume! How can I Attend Oktoberfest? You...

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