—Guadalhorce, A Tradition full of Nuances

 
People from Alhaurin are either "green" or "violet". This makes reference to the colours of the two brotherhoods of the village. Since always we can observe a healthy rivalry between them and the desire to stand out during the processions. The rivalry is also latent at seven kilometres distance, in Coin, where the holy images are carried in procession through the streets of the village, not only during Eastern. The third May, dis de las Cruces, the Cristo del Perdon (Christ of Redemption) and Vera Cruz (True Cross) are paraded through the squares and streets decorated with numerous flowerarrangements. An important appointment in Coin is the gastronomici and livestock festival. During the Day of the Orange this delicious fruit is handed out to foreigners and local people. It proceeds from the valley's plains that have been cultivated for centuries, Not in vain Coin's livestock festival is one of the oldest in Spain, dating back to 1765. The farmers of the district signed their contracts first by haggling and then by handshaking ... this means that the agreement has been advantageous for both parts involved. To trade with horses, cows, goats or pigs has been a constant activity in the villages of the valley. Pizarra, Cartama and Alora are examples for it. Alora is a municipality that is spread over the slopes of the hill on which the Arabian castle is situated. This construction of great historical value was, until some years ago, the cemetery of the village. For this reason it is preserved in very good conditions. After the clever decision to move the cemetery to another place, the castte represents nowadays what it always should have: one of the region's greatest heritages ready now to be to visited. A very deeply rooted custom is the tradition of singing called "el canto". Not in vain it is said that the region is the cradle of typical songs like the malaguenas and the verdiales. Other compositions were sung to domestic animals. The Canto a la Trilla was dedicated to the creatures with which they shared most part of a working day. A working day that culminated with the tasting of a soup prepared in the fieids with its proper products: la sopa perota.
 
 


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