St. Constantine and Helena

Нестинари

Fire-dancing – the beautiful pagan custom in the Strandzha mountain

Fire-dancing is one of the most beautiful pagan customs which still exists in the Bulgarian part of Strandzha mountain. We celebrate it every year on May 21 when the feast of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena is. Both saints are considered patrons of fire dancers, known as “nestinari” in Bulgarian.