When in the first days of June, huge hotel complexes all over the coast begin to fill up with multilingual crowds, summer is welcomed in the Strandja mountains with the old and milked with an amazing ritual. Customs related to the Bulgarian "Midsummer."”, on June 3rd, that is, on the eve of Saints Constantine and Helena, because they are not limited to carefree fun with jumps over campfires. The highlight of the program are the so-called. nestinana, that is, a ritual dance performed at midnight. „Nestinarki” they dance it with their bare feet on hot coals, and the state of collective hysteria, to which they are getting, allows them not to feel burns. Aware of the romance of this original tradition, the Bulgarians did their best, that this attraction would not bypass foreign guests visiting their country. Stylized Nestinar dances performed by graduates of ballet schools can be watched by tourists during the events accompanying the Song Festival in Sunny Beach or at the theater in Plovdiv.
Quite coincidentally, the Bulgarian Saints Constantine and Helena, patrons of the nestinaries, also contribute to making their stay on the Black Sea pleasant for their guests.. Everyone, who will visit Druzhba even for a short time, he will reach the white walls of the monastery, who was once named after these very saints. Today, the figures of patrons are only reminiscent of the icon kept in the old church, half hidden in the ground. The atmosphere of the monastery, which was turned into a hotel, We can find, however, in two charming places "Sedemte Odai” (seven chambers) and „Monastyrska Room” (monastic cellar).
O królowej Helenie mówi legenda, that she was resting by the sea during the Turkish invasion of the Balkan Peninsula. Just then, when the messenger announced, that the Turkish fleet is in the Black Sea, threatening Varna and Constantinople, one of the servants was cooking fish. The Queen, after hearing this completely unbelievable-sounding information, said: “If that fish turns over in the pan by itself, I will believe, that the Turks could take Constantinople and Varna”. And the fish did jump and spun on its own.
In connection with this legend, the pilgrims who used to visit the monastery always ate bread and fish here. Perhaps that is why in whites, The “Sedemte Odai” We always liked fish dishes the most. Unfortunately, however, we did not manage to try the "royal fish”, which from that famous time, and at the wrong moment of the jump made in the pan, it remained white on one side forever, and on the other, red.