The Ancient Merit Making ‘Salak Yom’

September 30, 2014 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Festivals, Travel

It’s that time of the year again! Salak Yom takes place in Wat Prathat Haripunchai, Lamphun in September.

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Salak Yom is an ancient merit making ceremony originally for women of the Tai Yong minority. The Tai Yong originally come from Myanmar and migrated to Lamphun in the early 19th century.

Some 90% of the people living in Lamphun are descendants of the Tai Yong. The Tai Yong speak their own dialect and have stuck to their traditions. The Salak Yom ceremony is one of these traditions.

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A Salak Yom is a tall bamboo construction decorated with colorful paper. This construction contains house utensils, cloth, food, fruit, vegetables and the eight necessities of a Buddhist monk.

In the past, a Salak Yom also contained silverware, gold or diamond.

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On the first day of the ceremony the Salak Yoms will be brought to the temple in a procession. The next day the Salak Yoms will be donated to monks.

Salak Yom is a unique and very colorful ceremony, one of the many amazing festivals Lamphun hosts every year!

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