The Gentse Feesten
is a festival in the city of Ghent
), and the largest of its kind in Europe
. It starts on the Saturday before July 21
(the Belgian National Holiday) and it lasts ten days. The last day (always a Monday) is known as De dag van de lege portemonnees
(The day of the empty purses
) making allusion to the fact that many people have spent their money during the festival.