Fringed by tamarind trees, this large oval lawn is one of the city's few truly open spaces. Here elaborate pyres are constructed to resemble sacred Mount Meru for royal cremations, which explains its other name, the pramane ground. Annual ceremonies include the bathing of the Phra Buddha Sihing statue, in Wat Ratchapradit, at Songkran (April), the Royal Ploughing Ceremony May), and the King's and Queen's Birthday celebrations (December and August respectively). In decades past, Bangkok's elite came here for horse racing, bird hunting and golf. Until 1982, it hosted the Weekend Market, which is now at Chatuchak (see Weekend Market). Sanam Luang's current uses include folk entertainments, festivals, recreations such as kite flying (February-April), and demonstrations.