The festival of Bonderam is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of August every year at Divar Island in Goa. It is a very popular harvest festival in Goa and attracts locals as well as tourists. The word ‘Bonderam‘ is derived from the Portuguese word ‘Bandeira’ meaning flag. It is also known as the Festival of Flags. There is a story behind it that involved the Portuguese, the local villagers, flags and shooting. It is celebrated in memory of those protests against the Portuguese where stones were thrown at the flags. This festival kicks off with a flag parade which is accompanied by the brass band. It is followed by a fancy dress parade and a traditional float parade. Once the parade is over, the DJ and the live band take turns in playing music and the whole street turns into one big dance party. Apart from all this, there are mock fights that represents the knocking down of the flags during the Portuguese rule. This festival celebration is similar to the Goa Carnival festival. The main highlights of this festival are the colourful tableaux and the carnival like atmosphere.
24th August 2019
Divar Island, Goa