National Mule Day - October 26
Thu, Oct 26, 2023

National Mule Day

National Mule Day is celebrated on October 26th and is a celebration of these incredible animals. Though they are not as common as they once were, we must still appreciate them for their role in history. Find out more about them and join in the celebration!


It is unclear when and where the first mules appeared, but they were being used in Egypt as early as 3000 BC for the transportation of goods and sometimes people. They also appeared in Asia Minor around 800 BC and were used for similar purposes. The strength and stamina of mules is truly remarkable!

A mule is a hybrid of a male donkey and a female horse. They inherit from their parents traits such as intelligence, strength, perseverance, patience, courage, energy, and athleticism. They don’t require much food or care, making them ideal animals for work.

National Mule Day is believed to have originated in 1840, when it was more focused on breeders. By the 1930s, it had become a more modern celebration, with entertainment events being added.

Interesting facts

  • Mules are able to make a variety of sounds, including the typical donkey ‘ia’, and the neighing of horses. Incredibly, both species are able to understand the mule’s language.
  • These animals can live for up to 40 years.
  • When a mule gets tired, it will simply stop, and nothing can move it until it is rested.
  • If respected and treated with dignity, a mule will be a loyal and faithful companion to its owner.
  • During military operations, mules were used to carry artillery cannons.

How to take part

Visit a zoo and meet mules in person! With permission, you can also feed the animals. Donate to charitable foundations to support these incredible animals. Learn about their history, and teach children about their role in society.

When is National Mule Day celebrated in 2023?

National Mule Day is observed on October 26 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday October 26 2023
Saturday October 26 2024
Sunday October 26 2025
Monday October 26 2026