Spain 2019. Minorca, Mahon. Horses and Giants at "Festes de la Mare de Déu de Gràcia"

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Spain. Balearic Islands. Minorca (Menorca). Mahon. Two horsemen during the "Festes de la Mare de Déu de Gràcia" which is a traditional summer festival. The Menorquín is a breed of horse indigenous to the island and is closely associated with the doma menorquina style of riding. The riders wear black and white and most of their horses (adorned with ribbons and multi-coloured rosettes) are of the highly-considered Menorcan breed. The riders and their horses parade through the streets, and these magnificent and remarkably calm horses rear up on their hind-legs to the delight of the crowd. Horses and riders are at the centre of local fiesta celebrations, in a tradition that may go back to the 14th century and incorporate elements of Christian, pagan and Moorish ritual. Some 150 riders participate in the festival in Mahón. People seat on terrace of café in the town center. Maó (in Catalan) and Mahón (in Spanish), written in English as Mahon, is a municipality, the capital city of the island of Menorca, and seat of the Island Council of Menorca. The city is located on the eastern coast of the island, which is part of the autonomous community of the Balearic. In Spain, an autonomous community is a first-level political and administrative division, created in accordance with the Spanish constitution of 1978, with the aim of guaranteeing limited autonomy of the nationalities and regions that make up Spain. 7.09.2019 © 2019 Didier Ruef