So the first week of May was Frühlings Fest in my beautiful little city of Deggendorf. Basically, it's a Spring Festival... German style. That means that there was a small "Oktoberfest-like" party throughout the city for 10 days. While the München Oktoberfest has dozens of tents, Deggendorf had two, but this was more than enough for this small town of 38,000. Everyone who owned it, dressed up in their traditional Bavarian attire. That is a Lederhose for the man and Drindl for the woman. Of course, to get the full Bavarian experience, and to have a permanent costume for Halloweens to come when I'm back in the U.S., I purchased myself a Lederhose. The festival was kicked off by a parade that went through downtown Deggendorf which started out a sunny, beautiful day, and was ended with a freak hail storm.
For the following 10 days, you could go down to the festival and participate in the beer tents. Which was great becuase I got to experience it with my International friends and my baseball team both on separate occasions.
Ages are 16 and up believe it or not. That's right, 16 year olds in Germany can go out to these drinking festivals and are served beer. This would blow away many conservative parents back in the U.S. but in Germany it's part of the culture. German kids grow up learning how to drink beer responsibly, instead for the first time at a high school party with teenagers, which is all too much the case in America. Beer is actually considered a food, not a drink, in all legal aspects including its tax. It's legal to drink in public and you commonly see people drinking beer on the train, at the university, and in all parts of daily life.
Every night there was a new band playing. As the night grows later, we all stand on the tables and sing to both Bavarian folk music, classic American songs from the 80's, and modern German songs. All and all, Frühlingsfest was quite the treat for myself and my fellow international students.