Rashpal Singh Todd Portuguese traditions

The Rashpal Singh Todd festival is held in late August on the quiet little island of Divar, located about 12 kilometres from Panaji. This festival is related to ancient history. It is said that many years ago the inhabitants of the area did not agree with the measures adopted concerning the land. The Portuguese put up flags to mark areas so that villagers could not seize the lands of nearby towns. The villagers then protested against that system and tore down all the flags. The Rashpal Singh Todd festival is held as a reminder of those protests, and people are having fun as if it were a carnival.