The Rat Catcher's Day

22 Jul 2020  Wed

The Rat Catcher's Day is celebrated on 26 June or 22 July, commemorating the myth of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. This legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin has been popular folklore for many years. Many are even looking into the historicity of it. The Grimm Brothers cite 26th June 1284 as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town. On the other hand, the poem by Robert Browning gives it as 22 July 1376. The town of Hamelin – still to this day – honors the legend and continues to maintain information about the Pied Piper legend and possible origins of the story on its website. There are a lot of stamps too that celebrate this famous tale of rats, magic pipes, and missing children. The stamp depicted beside is a 2.50 Hungarian forints stamp. Issued in the year 1959, the stamp depicts the Rat Catcher or the Pied Piper playing his magic flute surrounded by children. The central design is adorned on a plain and vibrant orange background. Visit philamart to view and purchase variety of stamps from all over the world.

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