A brand new lunar new yr is hopping off to a terrific begin and Google is marking the event with a sequence of Google doodles.
The Lunar New Year 2023 began today (Jan. 22) marking the beginning of the 12 months of the Rabbit on the lunar calendar, with Google celebrating with an ornate stylized emblem with the corporate’s identify inside a hopping rabbit.
“After the primary new moon of the Lunar calendar annually, communities all over the world arrange decorations, make festive meals and collect with family members to usher within the new yr,” Google wrote in a doodle explainer (opens in new tab).
“The traditions of the Lunar New 12 months pageant date again 1000’s of years to a preferred legend. A legendary beast referred to as Nian was identified to point out up every Lunar New 12 months’s eve and terrorize folks and livestock,” the corporate added. “Loud noises, the colour crimson and hearth scared Nian away, so it turned a convention for households to brighten their doorways in crimson paper, set off fireworks and depart lanterns burning all evening.”
The 12 months of the Rabbit comes after the 12 months of the Tiger on the lunar calendar.
“This yr marks the 12 months of the Rabbit, which is related to peace and prosperity,” Google wrote in its description. The Doodle paintings is crafted from paper to honor Chinese language paper-cutting (Jianzhi), which is a long-time Lunar New 12 months custom.”
Google launched a number of totally different variations of its Lunar New 12 months 2023, together with variations for South Korea (opens in new tab) and Vietnam, the place it is called Tet and kicked off the Year of the Cat (opens in new tab).
“Referred to as Tet in Vietnamese, this vacation is well known by communities annually throughout Tet pageant, folks typically journey to the properties of their prolonged households and produce within the new yr with feasts. Tet pageant is historically celebrated throughout three days to spend time connecting with buddies and colleagues and visiting temples and ancestral burial sights. Throughout household feasts, folks usually eat greens, banh chung (sticky rice cake), and cu kieu (pickled scallion),” Google wrote.
“This yr marks the 12 months of the Cat, which is related to prosperity, cleverness, and skillfulness. The Doodle paintings is crafted from paper to honor the paper folding & reducing artwork historically practiced throughout Lunar New 12 months.”
In the event you’re searching for some wonderful sights to mark the lunar new yr, Venus and Saturn will shine extremely close together after sundown in a planetary conjunction. You may watch the Venus and Saturn conjunction in a free webcast at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT).