If you’re like most people, you don’t like to deal with pesky rodents in your home. This is why many people celebrate National Rat Catcher’s Day, a day that honors the exterminators out there. Where does National Rat Catcher’s Day originate you ask? It all begins with the tale of the Hamelin Pied Piper.
A History of National Rat Catcher’s Day
Folklore tells us that the town of Hamelin, Germany had a rat problem back in 1284. To resolve their pest issue, they hired a man to play his flute so that he could lure the rats out of town and into the Weser River where they would drown.
Upon finishing his task, the mayor refused to pay him the entire sum of money that he was promised. Eventually, he came back to the town dressed as a hunter, playing his flute. The songs that he played attracted the children of the town, who then followed him out of the town and into a nearby cave, never to be seen again.
So though this may not seem like the most celebratory story, there are many festivals and events throughout the world that take place on this day. Some curate full-on re-enactments while some tell stories. The Brothers Grimm even tell this story, though there is some confusion on the dates, as they cite it on the 26th of June.
How To Celebrate National Rat Catcher’s Day
The idea of rat catcher’s day is to show appreciation to a rat catcher. In more developed countries, these people are now known by titles such as pest control operative or pest technician. These pest control technicians play a large role in keeping the general public safe and healthy in a world where rats roam.
If you have any family or friends who are in this profession, take them to dinner or throw them a get-together, and tell them the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
“Out they scampered from doors, windows and gutters, rats of every size, all after the piper”
- The Brothers Grimm
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National Penuche Fudge Day
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