Mangli, the lambada girl, who is often seen dressed in the typical lambada outfit, said that Bonalu is a festival where food or meals are offered to tribal goddesses. The village deities are worshipped in each place, by 'throwing a party,' as it were, she said. Mangli celebrated the festival this year with gaiety. There are no priests in the temples she said. The women who carry the bonam s themselves offer worship and the food is distributed later, she added.