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St. Constantine and Elena Feast
May 21, 2016
St. Constantine and Elena is Christian feast in memory of the holy Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena.
Constantine imposed Christianity as the official religion of the vast Roman Empire. In the Strandja Mountain it’s called “Konstantinovden” and it’s related with very interesting custom-dancing on fire, known as “nestinarstvo”.
Under the sounds of pipes and drums, with the sacred icons, fire-dancers wade barefoot through the fire, possessed by supernatural forces. During the dance they come into contact with the saints and the dead, and get the ability to foretell. According to the folk the nestinari girl plays on coals, because she sees St. Konstantin in front of her, who extinguishes the fire with a jug in his hand.