The Salak Yom Festival Celebrating Lamphun Women is recorded at Wat Phra That Haripunchai in the centre of Lamphun. “Salak Yom” is an ancient merit-making ceremony originally for women of the Tai Yong minority. เทศกาลสลักยมฉลองสตรีลำพูน บันทึกไว้ที่วัดพระธาตุหริภุญชัย ใจกลางเมืองลำพูน “สลักยม” เป็นพิธีทำบุญแบบโบราณสำหรับผู้หญิงของชนกลุ่มน้อยไท่หยง At the temple, I meet a Youtuber, I had previously met at the Ganesh celebration last week.
Kh Bird’s Channel
The following is an extract from the knowledgeable Frans Betgam and his website
In the early 1800s, King Kawila of the Lanna kingdom forcibly resettled thousands of ethnic Yong, Karen, Shan, and Khuen people from the present-day Shan state of Myanmar. Some 90% of the people living in Lamphun are descendants of Tai Yong people. The Tai Yong speak their own dialect and have stuck to their traditions. The Salak Yom festival is one of these traditions. This ceremony takes place each year in Wat Prathat Haripunchai, in Lamphun, and, on different dates at certain temples in the vicinity of Lamphun. 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. Not anymore. After the first Salak Yom Ceremony at Wat Prathat Haripunchai smaller ceremonies will take place at a number of local temples around Lamphun. On the second day of the ceremony, the Salak Yoms will be brought to the temple in a procession. (3rd Day) The next day the Salak Yoms will be donated to monks. Salak Yom is a unique and very colorful ceremony, not to be missed if you are fortunate enough in the region.
More detail of the tradition