Oktoberfest Hearts - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts

Oktoberfest Hearts - Gingerbread Cookie Hearts
Octoberfest hearts are one of the most popular traditions among all age groups at the Oktoberfest in Munich, and other festivals. As much a part of the celebrations as a Mass filled with strong specially brewed "Wiesn" beer, or the traditional halbe Hendl - spit roasted buttered chicken.

Millions of the famous heart shaped German gingerbread cookies, decorated with all types of "mottoes", are sold every year at festivals ranging from Weihnachtsmärkte to traditional beer festivals...although trying to eat them is not always recommended.

Probably partly due to the independent character of Bavaria and Bavarians, some still have not quite accepted being a part of Germany, Munich's Oktoberfest has retained much of its Bavarian individuality. Although the Cannstatter Volksfest, der Cannstatter Wasen a 200 year old festival in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, and second largest festival in the world, has been even more successful at avoiding becoming a worldwide marketing event.

But in the over 100 Oktoberfest German gingerbread cookie stands scattered around the Munich Wiesn, most mottoes on the traditional festival Lebkuchenherz (and there is a recipe + instructions here) are in Bairisch/Boarisch, the mystifying local dialect.

Messages range from:

Ozapt'is - It's tapped
Ich Liebe Dich – I Love You
Glueckspilz – Lucky Toadstool
Held – Hero
Zauberbaer – literally Magic Bear
Mein Traumprinz - Prince Charming
and like "Hero" the last two are normally aimed at a "man" in someone's life even if he still in diapers.


Weil I Di mog - Because I like you
Meiner Kuschelmaus - my snuggle-mouse
Spatzl - little sparrow...............the probably far less welcome
Es ist Aus – It is over...............perhaps followed by
Ich bin Single - I am single..... or just the more neutral
Greuss vom Oktoberfest - to show someone you were thinking of them although they were not there.

There was an old folklore tradition that giving sweets with wishes written on them served two purposes:

One - the wish or thought was read and the message "absorbed"
Two - the letters were eaten and this added to the strength of whatever had been written.

Although with some of the bakers simply admiring the "Lebkuchenherzen" can be a more positive experience than chewing your way through them.

Nevertheless during Oktoberfest there is a yearly average of 50 special orders for marriage proposals to be iced onto gingerbread hearts at each cookie stall.

Colorfully decorated and strung with ribbon, so despite officially being a favorite German cookie they can be easily worn and their messages seen, Oktoberfest Herzen come in all sizes from small to large and heavy, and to leave the Munich Octoberfest without one is almost a crime.

One of the most often seen sayings, WEIL I DI MOG, "Because I Like You", is also a "toe tapping" song by the group RELAX that is sung in "Bairisch", Bavarian dialect. It is often heard echoing around the beer tents, and HERE is a video, so you can read the lyrics while at the same time listening to their rather "special" pronunciation.

And this is the translation:


For you I'll give my shirt
And my last penny
Because I like you

You turned my world upside-down
So that everything's too late for me now
Because I like you

I'll steal the Eiffel tower for you
And wait for you in the biggest storm
For the whole day

If I talk to you at the telephone
I'll put your picture next to me
Because I like you

You made me feel dizzy
I don't know things anymore
I only think of you day and night
And if I finally see you in my arms
I turn crazy
When you then tell me
That you like me

I don't wanna lose you one day
So I tell you every day
That I like you

And if you are mad at me sometime
I will be in front of your door with roses
Because I like you

If you want me to I'll put on a suit
And a tie too
Every day

You make me go crazy
If it needs to be we'll go to the register office
Because I like you


You make me feel dizzy......

WEIL I DI MOG Oktoberfest in Munich.

In its way a "super" version of a traditional harvest festival, with Bavarian hospitality, beer, "meaningful" mottoes on Germany's gingerbread cookies, vast amounts of calorific food, continuous singing and fun. And despite the commercialization of the last years this remains the real heart of an Oktoberfest in Munich.

You Should Also Read:
Authentic German Gingerbread Recipe for those Oktoberfest Hearts
Oktoberfest in Munich
German Beer, Fast Facts

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