Liberation of Leiden 2013Festivals / Leiden
The Liberation of Leiden is effectively an annual two-day party in the Dutch city. Officially, it commemorates the end of the siege of Leiden, which took place from 1573-1574 during the 80 Years War.
Every year the event hosts traditional entertainment such as parades, music performances and the (free) distribution of Dutch herring. There is also an impressive fireworks display and a bustling fun-fair to keep visitors of all ages entertained.
October 3 is normally a collective holiday for the citizens of Leiden, who come together to celebrate this historic occasion.
This year's programme includes a market, funfair and "big tattoo" party (Oct. 2), as well as choral singing, live music and fireworks (Oct. 3).