Dazzling full moon picnic beckons at Taalmonument

With the new year once again upon on us, it is the perfect time to catch your breath and take a closer look at the full moon on a glorious summer evening on the beautiful Paarl Mountain. One and all are thus invited to join the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument’s (ATM’s) friendly staff to celebrate this natural phenomenon on Saturday, 15 January 2022.

In support of the Centre for Astronomical Heritage’s project to promote indigenous names for full moons in Southern Africa, this picnic is dedicated to the Praying Mantis, a religious figure of the San people who originally lived all over South Africa. In the San tradition, the mantis was a trickster figure, /Kaggen, the one who deludes. Over time, he also became the Nguni creature known as uThikoloshi.

The picnics are very popular with local residents and tourists alike, who especially enjoy the sunsets and incredible night scenes. Guests can come anytime between 17:00 and 22:00, and have a look at the monument that is an exceptional, symbol-rich sculpture. Visitors are also encouraged to explore the gardens and temporary exhibitions; there are outdoor games and playgrounds for children.

Guests can bring their own picnic baskets (no glass) or pre-order one from the ATM Koffiehuis via mz@colegson.co.za – this new coffee shop will also provide food and drinks on the evening. Dress warmly and bring a torch, and a mask. See taalmuseum.co.za/covid-19/ for the specific protocols.

Tickets are R40 per adult, R10 for SA students, R5 for children and free for children under 6 years and holders of annual permits. They are available from Computicket or at the gate, and no booking is required. The evenings are held in aid of ‘Let’s Read!’, the Language Museum’s literacy project for children, and visitors are encouraged to donate a new or second-hand children’s book. The next Full Moon picnics are on 18 February and 18 March. More on the Centre for Astronomical Heritage at https://cfah.org.za.

For more information on all the other exciting events, concerts and courses at the Taalmonument, call 021 872 3441/863 0543, visit taalmonument.co.za or follow them on Facebook. The website also offers virtual tours of the monument and museum, information in six languages on the symbolism of the Taalmonument as well as many interesting articles on Afrikaans, multilingualism and the institution’s past, present and future. There are also many resources for school and research projects. THE LANGUAGE MONUMENT AND LANGUAGE MUSEUM ARE OPEN TO VISITORS. Annual permits are available at R120 for individuals or R220 per family, which includes access to all Full Moon Picnics.