Every day in Goa is like a carnival.  Whatever the season Goans find a perfect reason to make merry and celebrate. 

Bonderam Festival, Goa

When: Fourth Saturday of August (22nd August,2020)

Where : Divar Island, Goa

Goa is all set to organise the Bonderam festival, which is celebrated in the island of Divar, located 12 kms from Panjim city, on the fourth Saturday of August. This year the festival falls on August 22, 2015.

The word Bonderam was coined from Portugese word ‘Bandeira’ which means flag. During the rule of the Portugese in Goa there were frequent disputes between the villagers on the Divar island over property. It was then the Portuguese introduced a system of putting up flags to demarcate the boundaries.

The otherwise laidback island of Divar comes alive on the day of the Bonderam festival. The day begins with a Flag Parade from the main Divar junction, which is accompanied by a Brass Band. After this the Bonderam festival is officially declared open. Later in the day there is a fancy dress competition followed by the traditional float parade and a live musical performance featuring the famous music bands of Goa. The festival begins close to noon and concludes late in the evening.