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Friday, May 13, 2011

Thursday Spotlight: Stephanie Burkhart

Martisor – A Romanian Holiday
By: Stephanie Burkhart

Martisor is a distinct Romanian holiday and is the traditional celebration of the beginning of spring – March 1st. There are several traditions associated with Martisor. One custom is to hand out red and white strings on the first of March. Those who wear the string will be healthy for the year to come. Women wear the string pinned to their clothes for the first twelve days of the month for good luck.

Another tradition associated with Martisor is the giving of flowers or another small token such as shells for good luck.

The man traditionally gives the flowers to the women in his life. This custom is portrayed in my latest release, The Wolf's Torment. During the scene, Mihai's father becomes sick and can't continue. Sonia, Mihai's sister, takes it as a bad omen for things to come.

What's your favorite holiday and why?

Stephanie Burkhart's latest release is The Wolf's Torment, a paranormal romance set in Romania in the 1860's with Desert Breeze Publishing. Stephanie is a 911 Operator for LAPD. Her release The Count's Lair received 5 Books from Long & Short Reviews.

Blurb: When a werewolf threatens his wife's safety, Prince Mihai must tap into the power of the witch to save her.

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Unknown said...

Steph--what an interesting way to celebrate spring--red and white strings.
My favorie holiday? Fourth of July. We used to have to much fun as kids with our penny firecrackers and sparklers, running around in the dark, barefoot. There so many things to do with sparklers. And no one warned us not to touch the end--it would burn our hand. We knew that--it was obvious!
We used to have local big fireworks displays, but the money ran out and it's on a smaller scale, plus hard to get to.
So I watch every program on TV that has patriotic music and fireworks--love it! Celia

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Celia, the 4th is a big holiday in our house. It started in 2000 when Brent and I went there. (prior kids) and ate a BBQ in the Casino and watched the fireworks over the bay. OMG! It was lovely - beautiful. And it sure beat going to a crowded high school football field to watch fireworks.

Since 2007, we've gone to Catalina Island every year for the 4th of July. The kids love the golf cart parade, the BBQs, the swimming, the fireworks, walking around town. Nothing beats it!


Mona Risk said...

How neat, that Martisor holiday. I was in Belarus for Women's Day on March 8 and I loved that holiday where men honored the women in their lives. I always learn something new in your blogs.

Stephanie Burkhart said...

Mona, I learned something new, too. Is there "women's day" similiar to our Mother's Day?