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Rat Catcher's Day
Date When Celebrated : This holiday is always held on July 22
Rat catcher's Day commemorates the Pied Piper of Hamelin, the most infamous of rat catchers. Today is the anniversary of the legendary event of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
One of the most well known German folklores, is the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin, Germany was infested by rats. The mayor promised to handsomely pay the Pied Piper, if he rid the town of rats. The Pied Piper played his flute. Lured by the magical music, all of the rats left town and followed him. He played his music all the way down to the Weser river. He waded into the river. The rats followed him and drowned. The mayor refused to pay him. So, one night when the townspeople were asleep, the Pied Piper played his music again. This time, the children of the town followed him all the way into a cave. Some versions of the legend vary here. In one version, the Pied Piper kept them there until he was paid by the town for his services. In most versions, the children were never to be seen again.
How many Rats were lured to the River? Estimates are upwards of a million!
If you see a rat catcher today, wish them Happy Rat Catcher's Day!
The date for Rat Catcher's Day commemorates the anniversary of the event.
According to one version of this legend, the Pied Piper rid the town of Hamelin, Germany of rats on or around June 26, 1284. After the town mayor refused to make payment as promised, the Pied Piper returned several weeks later on July 22, 1284, to lure the children into a cave. In another version of this legend, the Pied Piper lured the rats into the river on July 22, 1376.
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