Feria de la Mula in Arenas
Arenas organizes the fiesta of the mule (Feria de la Mula), mid-October
NB: in 2019, the Feria de la Mula was to be held exceptionally in December (it was actually cancelled). Hoping that the Mula feria can be held in 2021!
The mule in the province of Malaga
was absolutely essential for man for his tasks in the mountains as for agricultural crops, and in particular during the harvest. Even today, the culture of the vine is done, in Axarquia Costa del Sol , on slopes of mountains inclined up to 60%, and does not allow the use of mechanical devices. This feria pays homage to this animal which finally allowed man to cultivate and live in these mountains.
Where does this animal, the mule come from?
The mule is the result of the cross between a donkey and a mare. Man has made these crosses since antiquity. It was used militarily especially to transport men and equipment in mountainous terrain as well as in the fields until the mechanization of agriculture.
From this cross, the mule, a hybrid animal, has the power of a horse and the robustness of a donkey.
NB: I thank Juan Antonio Pretel, for the photo credit
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