GUWAHATI, Jan 29 � One of the important and auspicious festivals of the Ahom community, Me-Dam-Me-Phi will be centrally celebrated on January 31 at Sukapha Nagar, Notboma, Dispur with traditional fanfare.
The Brihattar Guwahati Me-Dam-Me-Phi Udjapan Samittee which celebrates this festival, informed that the day-long programme will begin at 9 am with flag hoisting followed by �Maidam Tarpan�.
It needs to be mentioned here that Me-Dam-Me-Phi is a very sacred ritual of the Ahom community and literally it means oblations offered to the dead and sacrifices to the gods. But it has been so extensively observed by the people of the State that it is referred to as a festival now.
According to the Samittee, this festival has been attracting a lot of people from other communities and faiths as well. �This festival not only reflects the manners and customs of the Ahoms but also helps to create unity, feeling of amity and mutual understanding among the new generation,� said the Samittee adding that it was really good to see the new generation of the Ahom community taking keen interest in the rituals and festivals.
Apart from the observation of rituals, the programme will also include drawing competition for school students, open session, etc. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will be present at the programme and will inaugurate the newly built auditorium.
Noted historian Dr Jogendra Nath Phukan and educationist Taburam Taid will deliver their speeches at the open session.
On the other hand, the Samittee said that this festival of the Ahoms in honour of their ancestors also answers questions pertaining to the immortal soul of man, the Supreme Soul and union of the immortal soul with the Supreme Soul. This ritual was also observed by the Ahom kings on many occasions for averting any imminent danger, commemorating victory and desiring longevity of life.