Nestinarstvo is a unique and ancient tradition that has been practiced in Bulgaria for centuries. This ritual is also known as the ritual of fire dancing, and it is believed to have its roots in pagan rituals from the Thracian times.
The ritual takes place in the small village of Bulgari, located in the Strandzha mountain region, in the southeastern part of Bulgaria. It is usually celebrated on the Day of St. Constantine and St. Helena, which falls on May 21st. The ritual involves dancing barefoot on live coals while holding icons and flags.
The dancers, known as nestinari, are said to be in a trance-like state, and they dance to the rhythm of the drum and bagpipe music. The fire is believed to be a sacred element that purifies and protects the nestinari from evil spirits.
The ritual of fire dancing is not just a spectacle, but a tradition deeply ingrained in Bulgarian culture. It is an important part of the country's heritage, and visitors to Bulgaria should make it a point to witness this ancient ritual.
Here are some tips for travelers who want to experience nestinarstvo:
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