Me Dam Me Phi is one of the main religious ceremonies celebrated by the people of Assam. This festival is a state holiday which is observed on January 31st every year. The festival is mainly celebrated by the Ahom people in the memory of the departed. It is a ceremony in which offerings are made to dead ancestors and the Dam Chao Gods.
How the festival is celebrated?
The festival is celebrated all over Assam, particularly in Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur districts where most of the population consists of Ahom population. During this festival, three Gods namely Grihadam, Dam Changphi and Me Dam Me Phi, the god of heaven are worshipped and offered gifts. The main attraction of this festival is that people of other communities also participate in this festival and actively organises the cultural programmes including music and drama in the evening. Also, a pillar known as Damkhuta is created which is worshipped with things like homemade wine, mah-prasad (beans and chickpeas), and rice with meat and fish.