Prof. Georg Kraev: The Saints Constantine and Helena Day is a Bulgarian feast in its essence21 May 2018 | 16:07 | FOCUS News Agency
"A whole cycle of “hail” feasts is staring now, in which the ancient Bulgarian traditional calendar pays tribute to the woes of the farmer affected by hailstorms," Kraev explained. In his words hail was considered God’s punishment. “The Saints Constantine and Helena Day is a very important holiday, because on that day the Nestinars dance barefoot on glowing embers – one of the wonders in the Bulgarian folklore culture. The cult to the fire is ancient, known to all peoples of the world, but in Bulgaria it is preserved through the ritual of the fire-dancers,” Kraev explained. The ritual has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
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