Axi Fire Worship Festival of the Yi People
Date: February 27, 2009 (3rd day of the second month by lunar calendar)
Venue: Hongwan Village, Xiyi Town, Mile County, Honghe Prefecture
Fire Worship Festival of Yi Axi, also renowned as “Mudeng Sailu”, is the festival in memory of Mudeng, the hero of Axi people, who is believed to have found fire. On the 3rd day of the second month by lunar calendar every year, Axi people hold grand and colorful fire worship activities. Their mysterious celebrations returning to nature, the wild excitement and considering fire as the soul of everything can be well considered the “eastern carnival”. That is the unrestrained release of primitive passion of Axi “tribes” - the mysterious Axi Fire Worship Festival.