Munich's Oktoberfest 2020 is officially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The annual festival was planned to run from Saturday, September 19 until Monday, October 5, in Munich, Germany. However, organisers have announced that this year's festival will not go ahead.
“We have decided the risk is simply too great,” Minister President of Bavaria, Markus Soeder, told a group of reporters on Tuesday, April 21.
“It hurts, it is a huge shame,” he added.
Annually, the lively two-week long festivities are held held in packed tents with long wooden tables and oompah bands. Traditionally Bavarians don lederhosen and dirndls for the event.
Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, more than two million international visitors had been expected to travel to Munich for Oktoberfest. It makes more than €1 billion (Dh4b) for the city each year.
History of Oktoberfest
In the modern day, festivities are replicated in bars and gardens around the world, but Oktoberfest has very regional beginnings.
The tradition dates back to 1810, when festivities were held to celebrate the October 12 marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese.
Munich's citizens were invited to join the celebrations, which were held for five days in the fields outside of the city gates.
In 2019, the event attracted a total of 6.3 million people across more than two weeks, with the crowds gathering in the 14 large and 21 small tents.