Bats and the catacombs on the eeriest night of the year
All Hallows’ Eve is another event with a difference organised by Heritage Malta. This activity will instil excitement and help the participants learn and explore two of Heritage Malta’s sites in Mdina and Rabat on the eeriest night of the year and how they feature in folklore and tradition.
This activity starts at the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina, where the participants will have the opportunity to learn more about bats. In Western cultures, bats have always been looked upon as malign and evil animals, where even the Christian religion depicts these animals as such. While angels are usually depicted bearing bird’s wings, the devil carries a set of bat wings.
The fact that these are nighttime creatures they have been always associated with death, devils and vampires. The participants will be able to attend to a presentation, which will be delivered by the Senior Curator of the National Museum of Natural History, John J. Borg, and will focus on the role of the bat in ancient cultures, religions and folklore.
Afterwards the participants will head towards St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat where a guide will show them parts of the site and experience the stories and traditions connected with this dark, underground site in a way never experienced before.
To make the experience more sinister and exciting, group of actors will read and animate stories usually associated with dark places like these ancient burials.
Light refreshments will follow at the end of the activity at the St Paul’s Catacombs.
All Hallows’ Eve will be held on 29 October and starts at 7pm at the National Museum of Natural History. Tickets for the All Hallows’ Eve can be bought from all HM museums and sites and online, http://shop.heritagemalta.org/index.asp?eventid=358 at the price of €20 and €15 for HM members. This event is not suitable for children 12 years and younger.
More information about Heritage Malta and its events can be found on the agency’s website, www.heritagemalta.org, or on the facebook page.