Now that yuletide is over and we've enjoyed all the South Asian-themed fiction that came from it, I thought it would be a good time to start the ball rolling on generating fic within this community!
Thus, our first themed challenge: Holi, The Festival of Colors. (It's a link to Wikipedia. I couldn't help myself.) It's a primarily Hindu festival, having significance involving both Krishna and his uber-devotee, Radha, as well as Prahlad, a young devotee of Vishnu who escaped being burnt in a bonfire due to his piety. However, for our secular purposes here, the religious slant is optional. The most fun part of Holi is how people throw colored powder and water at each other and generally get their party on! (For instance, it's the one holiday where many Hindus get high without impunity, by consuming bhang, a marijuana-based beverage. I don't know about you, but the thought of seeing Raj from Big Bang Theory after a glass or two is really amusing.)
So, I would love to see stories involving South Asian characters or South Asian actors (yes, RPF is okay), engaging in Holi shenanigans. If you're not comfortable tackling Holi specifically or are writing characters who you feel wouldn't engage in celebrating it, you can write about colors and brightness and the impact on their lives therein.
This theme will run up until March 1, which is the actual date of Holi this year. Stories may be posted anytime between now and then.
Please feel free to spread the word. The more the merrier!