People of Miao ethnic group dancing around campfire, a ceremony that marks the dawn of autumn harvest in a Miao village of Qianxi County, Guizhou Province. (Photo: VCG)
During the fire worshiping ceremony, they pray for an abundant harvest of all crops. As per Miao culture, fire is a symbol of harvest.
Even today, most Miao people live near hilly or mountainous terrains, farming on terraced fields.