Salak Yom Festival Lamphun 2018

Chedi of Wat Hariphunchai amidst donation trees Salak Yom Festival Lamphun 2018
Donation trees Salak Yom Festival
Donation trees Salak Yom Festival. Picture by Frans Betgem.

Salak Yom Festival Lamphun 2018

Here is the schedule of the Salak Yom Festival Lamphun 2018. All events will take place in and around Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai. Salak Yom” is an ancient merit making ceremony, originally for women of the Tai Yong minority. The Tai Yong came from Myanmar and migrated to Lamphun in the early 19th century. Many of the people living in Lamphun are descendants of the Tai Yong. They speak their own dialect and have stuck to their traditions. The Salak Yom festival is one of these traditions.

This schedule is a translation of a leaflet in Thai language. Apologies for any inaccuracies. The pictures on this page I made during previous editions of this event. Here is the schedule of this year:

Saturday, September 22, 2018
0900 – Decoration of the Ton Salak (donation tree). This will take place the whole day in and around the temple. It’s worth just going to have a look at the construction of the trees.
1830 – Show with traditional and contemporary performances.
2000 – Show of the story “Khajao ja Ton Salak Yom”.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
0900 – Decoration of the Ton Salak to join the parade and competition.
1300 – There will be a contest of Ton Salak with a height not exceeding 2 meters.
1730 – Parade of Ton Salaks with a height between 4 and 8 meters. More than 100
cars will participate. There will be offerings and Lanna performances during the parade. The parade will start at the municipal stadium and will make its way to Wat Hariphunchai where it will arrive around dusk. This is the main event.
1800 – Show with traditional and contemporary performances.
1830 – Opening Ceremony of the Salak Yom Festival in Lamphun, “the only one in the world”.
There will be a contest for the Award of the most beautiful Ton Salak as well as an offering ceremony of the Ton Salaks to Wat Phrathat Hariphunchai.
2030 – Show of the story “Khajao ja Ton Salak Yom”.

Dance group posing Salak Yom Festival
Salak Yom Festival. Dance group. Picture by Frans Betgem

Monday, September 24, 2018
0700 – Local people bring all types of Ton Salak for donation at the
Wat Phra That Hariphunchai area.
1000 – Humkalong contest (Lanna ballads) at the Kangsadan Tower.
area. A show with traditional Lanna fiddles at the courtyard in front of the Bodhi tree.
1100 – Offering food to monks.
1300 – Offer Ton Salak to monks.
1500 – The Salak Yom Festival Lamphun 2018 ends.

Dusk shot of Wat Hariphunchai during Salak Yom
Wat Hariphunchai during Salak Yom. Picture by Frans Betgem.
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