Pyrovassia, or firewalking, is a holiday celebrated by the Anastenarians, a small people living in northern Greece, from May 21 to 23. Despite the fact that firewalking is associated with pagan rituals, the Greek Pyrovassia is a Christian holiday. The Greek Orthodox Church has long declared firewalkers to be pagans, but they still sincerely believe that Saints Constantine and Helena patronize them during the holiday.
The three-day holiday begins with the fact that the inhabitants of small towns and villages at the same time pray, repent of sins, cry, dance and thus put themselves into a trance. Having gathered in the central square, where by that time the fire had burned out and the coals were smoldering, they feel divine grace, they feel that fire is their best friend. Leisurely walking barefoot over the coals, they show their feet, on which there are no traces of burns. Their faces express only joy, and it is clear that walking on hot coals is not a difficult test for them, which they decide for the glory of the Lord, but joy, ecstasy and pleasure.
Fire walkers hold over their heads icons depicting St. Helena and St. Constantine: local tradition speaks of the miraculous rescue of these icons by local residents in 1250 from a burning church set on fire by enemies. Since then, as the Anastenarians believe, grateful saints have awarded the descendants of brave villagers the ability to walk on fire without burning themselves.
In addition, according to the assurances of people who have undergone such extreme training as firewalking, a person releases energy that has hung in the past. A person moves forward, accumulating new forces and purifying his structure. The main thing is not to stop... And - only fire to help!