The Bonderam festival of Goa
is celebrated on the Divar Island. This quiet little island
is located at a distance of 12 kilometers from Panaji. The
celebration of this festival has a unique history behind it.
It is said that many years back, the villagers resented the
rules that were adopted for settling disputes regarding the
land issues. The Portuguese then set up flags to mark areas
where the villagers were unable to take over the lands of
the nearby villages. The villagers protested against this
system by knocking down all the flags. The Bonderam festival
is celebrated in the memory of those protests. Every year in
August, this small island becomes alive with bubbling
activity of the Bonderam festival.