Prost! 9 Festive Emoji For Oktoberfest Published October 4, 2019 Over 200 years ago, the first Oktoberfest was held in Munich to celebrate the marriage of Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese. This annual festival once featured barrel rolling, horse racing, and an agricultural fair. Today, Oktoberfest is a celebration of German history, culture, food, and (we see you out there) beer. There are Oktoberfest events held all over the world from the end of September to the beginning of October. Whether you’re planning on donning lederhosen, playing polka-like oompah music, or just swilling lots and lots of lager, you’ll want to share your Oktoberfest activities via text and on social media. Sadly, there is no dirndl emoji (yet!), but there are quite a few emoji you can use to express your excitement for this fall festival. beer mug emoji 🍺 and clinking beer mugs emoji 🍻 Beer is a key part of Oktoberfest celebrations. At the Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, the celebration is kicked off with a parade that ends with the mayor crying O’zapft is! This means “It’s tapped!” in German. With that, the beer kegs are tapped and the party begins. Given how important beer is to Oktoberfest celebrations, it’s great that there are two beer emoji. The beer mug emoji 🍺, also known as the beer stein emoji, shows a single frosty mug of gold lager. Lager, specifically a Bavarian style called Märzen, is the traditional beer served at Oktoberfest. If one beer isn’t enough for you, there’s also the clinking beer mugs emoji 🍻, also known as the cheers emoji. In this emoji, two frosty mugs of beer are clinked together, as you would do for a toast. Prost! “Cheers!” flag of Germany emoji 🇩🇪 Since Oktoberfest is a celebration of all things German, a handy emoji to have on hand is the German flag emoji 🇩🇪, also known as the Deutsch flag emoji. The flag for Germany emoji is a tricolor flag with three bands of black, red, and gold. It was adopted as the German national flag during the Weimar Republic in 1919 before being abandoned for the Nazi flags of the Third Reich in 1933. The German flag was used, with modifications, for East and West Germany after World War II, and finally reinstated for the unified, democratic Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The flag of Germany emoji is used to represent the nation of Germany and everything associated with it, especially the German language and heritage—including Oktoberfest (lederhosen optional). pretzel emoji 🥨 Oktoberfest is not just about beer, though. It’s also about German food! There are a lot of delish foodstuffs on offer at Oktoberfest celebrations. And some of them even have their own emoji … like pretzels. The pretzel emoji 🥨 depicts a salty, heart-shaped, twisted pretzel. Pretzels have been a staple of German cuisine for centuries, where they are commonly referred to as Bretzel or Brezen, among other names. There are countless varieties of pretzels in Germany. Especially popular at Oktoberfest celebrations are the large soft pretzels with salt. (How do you say nom nom in German?) pig 🐖 and hot dog 🌭 Another staple of Oktoberfest cuisine is pork. There is Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (roast pork knuckle), and the classic Wiener schnitzel, not to mention countless pork sausages (like bockwurst, made from veal, pork, and … beer, of course). With all this pork product on offer, the pig emoji 🐖 is a great option for celebrating this German cuisine. There are actually a couple of pig-based emoji. In addition to the cartoonishly cute pig emoji, there’s also the pig face emoji 🐷 and the pig nose emoji 🐽 (no pig knuckle emoji). When it comes to all that pork sausage, there isn’t a sausage emoji. But the hot dog emoji 🌭 can act as a handy stand-in. Ferris wheel 🎡 Chowing down and drinking lots of beer isn’t all Oktoberfest has to offer. Typically, the festivities include a variety of entertainment and activities. Since 1979, the original Munich Oktoberfest has featured a Ferris wheel. Other celebrations around the world picked up on the tradition. So, if you’re lucky, you might find a Ferris wheel at your local Oktoberfest. That means the Ferris wheel emoji 🎡 can be a great option for illustrating your Oktoberfest experience. The look of the ferris wheel emoji varies widely depending on the platform, but it always features a colorful wheel—fitting for the carnival theme. guitar emoji 🎸 Sadly, there is no accordion emoji to represent the popular tunes that are Oktoberfest staples. The most common drinking song at Oktoberfest is called “Ein Prosit,” or “I Salute You” in German. When the song counts eins, zwei, drei (one, two, three), you drink. At some Oktoberfest celebrations, it’s played every 15 minutes. Many Oktoberfest celebrations also feature live bands playing oompah or polka music … or rock or country music (that’s where the guitar emoji 🎸comes in). In fact, one of the most popular Oktoberfest tunes, as it happens, is “Country Roads” by John Denver. Ah, yes, John Denver (born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr.), that German music icon. fireworks emoji 🎆 What outdoor celebration would be complete without fireworks? Some Oktoberfest festivals include a wonderful, live fireworks show. If you want to let the world know about the bangin’ fireworks display (see what we did there?) at Oktoberfest, you can use the fireworks emoji 🎆. The fireworks emoji shows colorful starbursts in the sky. Whether you’re there for the oompah music, the pork knuckles, or just the beer, Oktoberfest is a lot of fun. You might even say it’s … wunderbar.