Sunday, 23 August 2015

Divar Bonderam 2015 (Piedade)

32nd year of traditional celebrations..
Divar Bonderam  organised by Piedade Youth Association (PYA)
22nd August 2015
Festival of Flags, band, traditional floats etc

From PYA Communiqué

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 name Bonderam originates from ‘Bandeira’ – the Portuguese word for flag. During the Portuguese rule there were frequent disputes between the villagers on the Divar island over property issues. Thus the Portuguese introduced a system by putting up flags to demarcate the boundaries.
The otherwise laid back 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 an all Goa fancy dress competition followed by the traditional float parade and a live musical performance featuring the famous music bands of Goa and Djs. The festival begins at 3:30 and concludes at 10:00 pm.
The Piedade Youth Association is a social organization of the village of Divar, who aim at promoting social, educational, cultural and sports activities for the youth of our scenic village.
The “Piedade Youth Association” and the village of Divar are gearing up to celebrate the 32nd Traditional flag festival “BONDERAM” on 22nd August 2015.
After the carnival and Shigmo, Bonderam is the third largest festival celebrated in Goa and is the most popular monsoon festival, which draws an attendance of 15,000 & more spectators. The festival always attracts a young and affluent audience from Goa, India and around the world. Bonderam is also cited on the tourism map of Goa as calendar event.
The enthusiasm of the event is to gaze at the exotic colorful tableau floats as they parade in all their vibrance, which exhibits the talent put forth by the youth. The experience will be heightened by the musical performance by Goa’s top most singing sensation, Band’s & Dj’s.

Brief History of Bonderam
The feast of Bonderam is celebrated on the fourth Saturday of August every year at Divar Island, 12-km from Panjim. The name Bonderam revolves around the involvement of flags which in itself is an interesting story.
Frequent disputes which occurred between two wards (section of the village) - Piedade and Sao Mathias - over property matters often led to bloody duels, and sometimes death.
Subsequently, the Portuguese introduced a system of demarcation of boundaries with flags of various nations.

The rival groups, however, knocked down the demarcation flags sometimes with stones. Today, in a parody of the past, this is commemorated with a "Fotash" flight (toy weapon of bamboo stem) and berries are used as missiles in a mock fight between rival groups to knock down an offending flag.
On the day, a carnival ambience is created. Each ward of the village has a float at the parade. Though sponsored by business houses, the floats have an unmistakable local favour.

On the day of the feast, the quaint land of Divar, away from the hustle and bustle of Panaji, is agog with excitement.
Melodious music drifts from the village to mainland Old Goa - once the hub of Portuguese Goa - even before the crack of dawn on the Saturday. At noon people begin trickling into the village. By the evening the trickle is a deluge.

An expectant crowd assembles along either side of the main through fare of the village. The tempo is set by lands and lasses wielding "fotashes" engaging themselves in mock battles. The gaily coloured floats accompanied by colourfully dressed youngsters make a pretty picture.

6 ward groups participated in this years float parade viz
Video 1

Over 175 pics
Bonderam, brass band etc

fancy dress


 CM Parsekar, MLA Pandurang Madkaikar, SBI AGM2 Neeraj Prasad etc

 Carpenters tools etc

adlim Kazaram

Pulav aroz stew, coke, Fanta soft drinks

Bridal Couple, cake

Kitchen, Roxi, pork meat, cooking

Wedding Band

drone, aerial photography, video shooting from the sky

street dancing

Dancing, driver Divar Centre

 wedding bol, dodol, dos, patolleo, fole, pudde etc
coconut, kotti, doulo, katle vollem.. 

dog in  the parade street

Little fisher folks

fisherman, crab, fish, net, Tintto, market, fish mongers on bike

 Flowers, dance


Church, Temple




 Ferryboat decorated


Little couple

wedding car

 Wedding xim

 Choir Rope

gallery, terrace, balcony, window

Cowshed, straw
Organiser / crew member
Video 2
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar speaking

Video 3
Long / Extended Video

1hr 5m long video dedicated to all participants in the float groups, flag march and brass band
Video timeline:
00 – Starts with Ferry, jetty, old Goa Churches View
1m.16s -  Brass Band/Flag March
5m.07s  Float Premiero Wado
15m.52s Romantic wado
26m.05s Madant Star wardo
36m.41s Jingle Bells ward
43m.04s Vitozem Ward
55m.00s Divar Centre
1h5m End

From Archive:
Divar Bonderam 2014
Bonderam 2013
Bonderam 2012
Bonderam 2008

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Joe:

Thank you very much for the lovely post on "Divar Bonderam 2015". The video, photographs taken by you were superb, excellent to the core. Even the music was very clear this time. Enjoyed every moment of the show through your post. Felt as though we were in Goa watching Bonderam live. Its because of your effort and good work, we get to know so much about Goa. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Julie - New Delhi
August 28, 2015