During the 12th lunar month, according to the Thai Buddhist calendar, the annual Salak Yom Ceremony is held at Wat Prathat Haripunchai, in Lamphun. This ancient merit making ceremony was originally intended for women who were about to enter marrying age. A salak yom is a tall bamboo construction decorated with colourful paper made by local handicraft artists. Everyday things such as cash, food, jewellery and household items are attached to the salak yom, which are later offered to the monks. The ceremony also includes local food stalls, Lanna musical performances, a parade, and a tree decorating contest.