The millets crops are ready for harvest at the beginning of summer. In preparing for the arrival of the Goddess of Millet, who favors the quiet of the night for making her appearance, the Tsou people fast and cleanse as part of the tribal ritual. The Harvest also signifies the coming of New Year for the Tsou; Tsou tribesmen who leave their homestead to seek greener pastures in town would return to partake in the Harvest. Elders build an altar at the millet farm, and gather by the bonfire in the village clearing, to wait for the Goddess to come and bring her blessings.