SAT 19 Jun, 2021

Me-Dam-Me-Phi 2021 Celebrated

 Me-dam-me-phi is celebrated today in parts of Assam by the Ahom people like every year to pay respect to their departed ancestors and remember their contribution which they have given to the society. It is one of the most important festivals of Ahom since their arrival in Assam in the 12th century.

If we look at the literal term of Me-Dam-Me-Phi Me means offerings, Dam means the ancestors and Phi means God. Thus from this, we can say that it means the ahom people offering prayers to their ancestors and they regard their ancestors as God.   

Private as well as the public ceremony takes place in various parts of upper Assam. The private ceremony usually takes place in the kitchen, members of the family gather together and they worship together to place offerings such as homemade wine, mah-prasad and rice with meat and fish. The public ceremony has taken place in Charaideo, Assam for over 400 years. It is celebrated in Charaideo because Charaideo was the first permanent capital of Ahom kingdom from the 13th century and was the burial site for the kings of the Ahom Dynasty. It is usually celebrated in the upper Assam regions such as Lakhimpur, Dibrugarh and Sivsagar where the population of Ahom people is maximum.

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