This year marks the transition from the Year of the Dog to that of the Pig, the last animal in the cycle of 12 that represent each year in the shēngxiào, or Chinese zodiac. Pigs are considered a sign of prosperity in Asian culture, and those born in the year of the Pig are said to be sincere, good-natured, and honest.
Today’s Doodle also celebrates the ancient tradition of shadow puppetry, which also has a special place in the festivities. This year, people all over the world can Celebrate Lunar New Year and the ancient storytelling art of shadow puppetry with Shadow Art. Users can form one of the twelve zodiac animal hand gestures in front of their camera and the AI system, built with Tensorflow, will play a short clip matching the shadow puppet that’s been made.
A special Google Doodle GIF issued today depicting a cute little mouse with a scarf scampering around its burrow. The Doodle celebrates the autumn equinox, which marks in one way the end of summer and the start of autumn.
Today, the Google letters are taking on a fresh set of colours in honour of the Holi festival. Coinciding with the arrival of spring, the vibrant celebration looks a lot like the Doodle: people run around happily covering each other in a rainbow of powdery hues.
Internet search engine Google has radically changed its logo for the first time since 1999. The new logo dispenses with the seriffed letters used since the company’s founding in 1998 and goes for a sleeker look in light of the Google founder’s reorganisation of their company into Alphabet. Apparently the new logo was chosen to make it easier to view on mobile screens.
Above is the commemorative ‘doodle’ marking the Google logo changeover.