Burning Phoenix

submitted by Karen Ihrig who wrote this about it:
Once a year, a local artist in Phoenix, AZ builds a hand painted wooden statue of a phoenix bird. The artist creates the statue with the plan to burn it at a community gathering. The burning of the phoenix statue symbolizes rebirth, growth and new beginnings...a rising from the ashes. It was my first time attending the event! The community, including myself, at first watched the phoenix burn, and then danced in celebration around the flames. It was a magical soiree :)