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The Barefoot Fire-Walking Ritual of "Anastenaria" Lives On in Greece

Hundreds of people who descended on the town of Langadas, near Thessaloniki, on Monday, were treated to the ancient ritual of "Anastenaria," in which barefoot people walk on glowing coals. The communities which celebrate this ritual are descended from refugees...

'Anastenaria' Fire-Walking Festival in Lagada,Thessaloniki From May 21-23

The town of Lagada near the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki will once again revive the old tradition of fire-walking, known locally as "Anastenaria," for three days on May 21-23. The festival will coincide with the religious feast of Constantine...

Folklore Tradition of Fire-Walkers in Greece, Celebrating Saint Constantine and Saint Helen [video]

This weekend from May 21 through May 23 the unusual ancient folklore and legend of fire-walking lives on in Greece. Dating back to Pagan times, Anastenaria is a traditional ritual of fire-walking celebrated in a few places in Northern Greece...

Ancient Greek Ritual Revives in Serres

Anastenaria, an ancient fire-walking ritual, which has its roots in the Dionysian rites - the Greek Orthodox church has not accepted the custom since it is considered pagan – was revived once again in Serres, northern Greece. Every year on...