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    Young womae pose for a photo during the opening of the 182. Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015

    Six Million Beer Lovers to Visit Oktoberfest This Year

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    The Germany's world famous beer festival Oktoberfest kicked off on Saturday, September 17, with Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer traditionally drinking the first jug of the festival at noon.

    The festival is set to last until October 3 and is expected to be visited by about 6 million people. Social network users have already published their first photos featuring the festivities that took place in Munich on Saturday.

    • Pröst! Oktoberfest crew 2016 • #schottenhamel #oktoberfest #munich #germany #🍻

    Фото опубликовано Karen Huynh (@karenhuynh_) Сен 17 2016 в 10:37 PDT

    Nick and Jeff are ready to sweep the lederhosen competition! #rbcofest16 #reoktfest16 #oktoberfest #experiencegreatbeer

    Фото опубликовано Resurgence Brewing Company (@resurgencebrewingco) Сен 17 2016 в 10:35 PDT

    I bring the style to German American Parades! #Steubenparade #oktoberfest #germanyinnyc #germany #dirndl #deutschland #germanpinup

    Фото опубликовано Natalie von Tiki (@yonkers_tiki) Сен 17 2016 в 10:34 PDT

    Octoberfest is expected to be especially big this year in addition to the security measures introduced at the festival by the local authorities.

    Even a few hours before the official opening, long queues were seen in front of the pavilions with the police thoroughly checking visitors' bags, Deutsche Welle reported. Those who wanted to take part in the event were also banned from taking their backpacks with them, a new safety precaution introduced this year and backed by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere.

    Earlier, a secret government report on domestic security said that the terrorist threat in Germany continues to increase and the country could be targeted at any time. Following a number of terror attacks Germany witnessed in July, German authorities toughened security measures at many major events taking place in the country.

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