3 October Festival

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The 3 October Festival (Dutch : 3 Oktober Feest or simply 3 Oktober) is a festival in Leiden, Netherlands, held annually on that date (or on 4 October if it falls on a Sunday) since 1886.wikipedia
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Leiden

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The 3 October Festival (Dutch : 3 Oktober Feest or simply 3 Oktober) is a festival in Leiden, Netherlands, held annually on that date (or on 4 October if it falls on a Sunday) since 1886.
The city's biggest and most popular annual festival is celebrated at 3 October and is called simply 3 Oktober.

Siege of Leiden

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The festival commemorates the anniversary of the 1573–1574 Siege of Leiden, during the Eighty Years' War, when the Spanish Army attempted to capture the city.
The 3 October Festival is celebrated every year in Leiden.

Hutspot

On the evening of the 2nd October as well as the day of the festival, another traditional meal, hutspot (a dish made of boiled and mashed potatoes, carrots, and onions), is available.
The anniversary of this event, known as Leidens Ontzet, is still celebrated every October 3 in Leiden and by Dutch expatriates the world over.

Rubberen Robbie

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Leiden based band Rubberen Robbie's song "Drie Oktober" commemorates the festival, and its lyrics refer to herring, hutspot, drinking and partying.
The band is hailed as one of the best acts from Leiden; their song "3 Oktoberrr" is a perennial favorite at the Leids 3 October Festival (the triple r in the song title is a reference to the Leiden dialect, with its peculiar pronunciation of that phoneme ).

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The 3 October Festival (Dutch : 3 Oktober Feest or simply 3 Oktober) is a festival in Leiden, Netherlands, held annually on that date (or on 4 October if it falls on a Sunday) since 1886.

Eighty Years' War

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The festival commemorates the anniversary of the 1573–1574 Siege of Leiden, during the Eighty Years' War, when the Spanish Army attempted to capture the city.

Spanish Army

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The festival commemorates the anniversary of the 1573–1574 Siege of Leiden, during the Eighty Years' War, when the Spanish Army attempted to capture the city.

Geuzen

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The army of Watergeuzen ("Sea Beggars") led by William the Silent, Prince of Orange, broke dikes to come the rescue of the occupied city.

William the Silent

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The army of Watergeuzen ("Sea Beggars") led by William the Silent, Prince of Orange, broke dikes to come the rescue of the occupied city. The festival also commemorates the anniversary of the founding of Leiden University by William of Orange the following year.

Prince of Orange

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The army of Watergeuzen ("Sea Beggars") led by William the Silent, Prince of Orange, broke dikes to come the rescue of the occupied city.

Soused herring

Hollandse Nieuwematjesfermented herrings
The next morning the watergeuzen entered and fed the citizens herring and white bread (haring en ).

Leiden University

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The festival also commemorates the anniversary of the founding of Leiden University by William of Orange the following year.

Fireworks

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There is another parade that starts at noon, which concludes with a firework display in the evening.

Weigh House (Leiden)

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These sandwiches are handed out to festival goers for free at the Weigh House (De Waag). Most of the festivities are a short walk from the city's network of canals and the council also provides boat and canoe rides on them.

Netherlands

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Thanksgiving

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Now called Oktober Feest, Leiden's autumn thanksgiving celebration in 1617 was the occasion for sectarian disturbance that appears to have accelerated the pilgrims' plans to emigrate to America.

Omroep West

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TV West is the public TV-station for what happened in the South-Holland area with items as news, entertainment, politic, and local events like Leids Ontzet at 3 October in Leiden and KoninginneNach at 26 April in The Hague.

Siege of Haarlem

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Some Dutch cities celebrate their victory over the Spanish with a yearly celebration of independence, such as Alkmaar since 8 October 1573 and Leiden since 2–3 October 1574.

ExitMundi.nl

At the 3 October Festival in Leiden 2009, a group of artists adapted Exit Mundi into a show of scary tableaux vivants.