Goa prepares for vibrant festival

28th Jun 2013

India's heavenly beach destination of Goa is preparing for one of its most vibrant festivals and events of the tourism calendar.

The colourful annual Bonderam Festival is celebrated on the Island of Divar - a favourite sun-blessed retreat with visitors on family holidays - on Saturday, August 24.

The event pays humorous homage to the hostilities that existed between two Divar Island wards during the Portuguese era.

The two wards, Piedalda and Sao Mathias, used to contest bitter feuds over property issues that regularly led to bloodshed.

The Portuguese authorities, infuriated by this arguing, divided the boundaries of the two wards using colourful flags.

The region's people now use Bonderam to celebrate in a mock remembrance of past rows, fighting mock battles using Fotashes, a toy weapon made of bamboo stem.

The event begins with a flag parade from the main Divar junction accompanied by a brass band.

A fancy dress competition is staged, followed by the traditional float parade and live performances by popular local bands.

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