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THE OKTOBERFEST ORIGINS AND HISTORY

    Many people have heard of Oktoberfest.  Some know it as a German celebration.  In fact, it is the largest and longest celebration in Germany.  In Germany, it is celebrated across the country.  However, many people don't know how Oktoberfest began.

   Its origins have roots in Bavaria where it began in Munich.  Oktoberfest started on October 12, 1810 as a way to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese.  As was customary in those days royal marriage celebrations extended for several days.  On October 17, a horse race was held at the city gates in which the citizens of Munich were invited to watch.  The horse race proved to be a popular event with the citizens and it started a tradition of an annual celebration which included horse racing until 1938.

    By 1811, Oktoberfest became a type of fall agricultural festival and by 1818 beer pubs and street performers added to the festivities.  By 1887, the traditional garb of lederhosen (leather britches) and dirn…

HAUNTED HOTELS IN THE UNITED STATES

In the United States and all around the world are hundreds of haunted places.  But did you ever think that while on vacation, the place you choose to sleep could be the very place a ghost or spirit is looking over you?  Haunted hotels are known to be the most haunted places on earth. 

 

 
      This hotel is located in California and is known to be haunted since 1892.  It is also considered to be one of the top resorts in the U.S.  There have been reports of voices and apparitions coming from all floors of the hotel.  It is also reported that Kate Morgan, a young woman in her 20's was killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  Her body was found on the steps to the front entrance of the hotel.  Ms. Morgan is she ghost haunting the rooms of the Hotel Del Coronado.




   The Stanley Hotel is located in Colorado and has a lot of hidden secrets and history behind it.  Author Stephen King is known to stay in this hotel when in need of inspiration.  Hi…