Ratcatcher’s Day June 26th 2016


Ratcatcher’s Day is observed on June 26, 2016. Ratcatcher’s Day is celebrated on 26 June or 22 July, commemorating the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The town of Hamelin in Germany uses the June date. The confusion of dates is because the Brothers Grimm cite 26 June 1284 as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town, while the poem by Robert Browning gives it as 22 July 1376. It is a holiday remembering rat-catchers, similar to Secretary’s Day. (With material from: Wikipedia) This text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com

On July 22, 1376, legend holds that the “Pied Piper,” a ratcatcher, led more than a hundred children out of their homes in Hamelin, Germany, never to be seen again. This fairy tale, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” (in German called the “Ratcatcher of Hamelin”) has been re-told dozens of times, althoughscholars cannot agree if the piper and the missing children are symbols of a natural disaster, religious pilgrimage, or migration. In any case, Ratcatcher’s Day recognizes these medievalexterminators.
“The Pied Piper of Hamelin” tells the tale of a ratcatcher who ishired by the town of Hamelin to exterminate rats that have overrun the town. The ratcatcher, dressed in multicolored (pied) clothes, does this by playing an alluring song on his pipe. After successfully ridding the town of rats, the people of Hamelin refused to pay the piper. As a consequence, the piper plays a song for the town’s children, luring them away from their homes. The children, and the piper, are never seen again. The earliest mention of the piper is on a Hamelin church window from 1384, reading “It is 200 years since our children left.” The British poet Robert Browning, writing in 1842, placed the date as 1376.
Early historians thought the Pied Piper legend may have hinted at an epidemic, such as the plague (which would explain theinvolvement of rats in the story). Others thought the story might explain deaths due to a natural hazard, such as a flood orlandslide. Still others thought the story alluded to “children’s crusades,” where hundreds of children were recruited to combatMuslim armies in the Holy Land.
Today, most historians and mythologists think the Pied Piper of Hamelin symbolizes the Ostsiedlung, or expansion of Germansettlement to the north and east. Thousands of young peopleemigrated out of the central German territory of Saxony (where Hamelin is located) to eastern regions such as Transylvania (now part of Romania), Pomerania (now part of Poland), Moravia (now part of the Czech Republic), and Prussia (now part of Germany).
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