World Rat Day
About World Rat Day
When is World Rat Day? This holiday is always celebrated on April 4
Today is World Rat Day, an April 4 holiday. This holiday honors, celebrates and, promotes pet rats. They are also called “Fancy Rats”. This World Rat Day holiday may seem as bizarre and unique as they come. But, it is no joke. There are plenty of people around the world, called “rat fanciers”. They love and care for rats as a pet.
In researching this special day, we found many adjectives to describe the fancy pet rat. They include: clean, dear, devoted, gentle, sweet, wonderful, intelligent, and lovable. Can you think of any other adjectives to describe them!?
Most famous rat misquote: Many believe James Cagney said, “You dirty rat” in the movie “Taxi. What Cagney actually said was: ” Come out and take it, you dirty, yellow-bellied, rat, or I’ll give it to you through the door”.
Legendary Rat Catcher Award goes to the Pied Piper of Hamelin. According to the legend, he used his magical pipe to lure rats away from the town of Hamelin in Germany, saving the town from an epidemic.
Rat fanciers celebrate this special day in a variety of ways. They hold Rat Day parties and rat fests, give gifts and special treats to their furry friends, and promote pet rats.
Be kind to your furry friend today, and celebrate World Rat Day in a big way. If you don’t, rat fanciers may consider you to be nothing more than a “big rat”.
How to Celebrate World Rat Day
Here ae some fun ways to celebrate and participate in World Rat Day.
- Read “The Pied Piper of Hamlin”.
- Buy one for a pet. But, please don’t let it out of its cage.
- Become a rat fancier.
“The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down the rat hole with baited breath.” – – W.C. Fields
History and Origin of World Rat Day
World Rat Day was created in 2002 by James Kitlock and Robyn Arthur. They felt the need to have a holiday to give recognition to the fancy rat. They even created a Rat Day logo (above), that they generously share with the world.
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