Modern Dongba painting. This is the harvest season. Ripe crops transform the earth to gold. Branches are bowed by the weight of ripened fruit. The people are busy with the harvest. They are pleased to see the fruits of their labor. The dongbas have always said that "hard work deserves the earth's donation of food."
Modern Dongba painting. Winter is a time to celebrate after the harvest's hard work. Bonfires dye the sky red. In the Naxi view, the best way to enjoy this wonderful time is to drink freely and to sing and dance to the heart's content. Under such romantic circumstances, young men and women will court each other with song in the quiet woods, with animals and the moon as witnesses to their love. The dongbas say "singing and dancing gives people long lives; happiness makes life beautiful."