The proverbial bullet is through the church: Leidens Ontzet will go on. The feast with which Leiden commemorates and celebrates the Siege of the Spaniards and the Relief of the Geuzen in 1574 will be celebrated again this year. However, it will be in an adapted form and with the usual disclaimer that a national tightening of the coronation measures may change the programme. But if the municipality and the 3 October Vereeniging have their way, much will go on.
Leidens Ontzet is normally celebrated on two days: 2 and 3 October. This year, part of the traditional celebration and commemoration has been moved to 4 October because 3 October falls on a Sunday this year. In practice, this means three days of festivities in the city, as the funfair and the atmosphere in the pubs in Leiden will continue every day.
On 2 October, the city can once again join in the Hutspot meal on the Hooglandsekerkgracht and, if everything goes according to plan, move on to the Taptoe. Should the Taptoe not take place, many partygoers will head for the funfair and the cafés a little earlier. In the evening, boats with music sail through the city and a large youth party has been organised in Park Matilo.
The website of the 3 October Vereeniging: 3october.nl and the renewed app: 3 October contain the complete programme of the 3 October Vereeniging. You will also find the corona measures that apply to some events.
Leidens Ontzet can only be celebrated so grandly thanks to structural support from the business community. Companies can contribute in various ways. There is the 3 October Guild, for example. This is a group of entrepreneurs who annually contribute 310 euros to make the Big Hutspot meal possible. They also organise the Herring Auction, the proceeds of which have benefited the celebration in care institutions in recent years. There is also a possibility to become a 3 October partner. Information about all possibilities for companies can be found on the website of the 3 October Vereeniging: https://3october.nl/steun-ons.