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Google Doodle Today - All About The Lunar New Year 2020

Lunar new year 2020


The lunar new year 2020 - Google regularly surprises its users with so-called Google Doodles. The small animated graphics are intended to remind you of a specific day, event or person.

Today, January 25th, Google celebrates Lunar New Year 2020:


Hannover. What does today's Google Doodle show, which holiday does it remember or which important personality does it represent? Here we present the current doodle in Germany.

  • Google Doodle Today: Lunar New Year in Asia
  • According to the Asian calendar system, the Lunar New Year starts on January 25, 2020.
  • It heralds the beginning of the year and brings with it many different New Year celebrations in Asia.
  • The Chinese New Year festival Chūnjié, which also uses the zodiac calendar, is particularly well known - 2020 is the year of the rat.

Google Doodle on January 25, 2020: Who is celebrating the Lunar New Year?


The rat of the Chinese zodiac calendar is shown on today's Google Doodle. Together with many other animals, she delivers a race in which, according to legend, she took first place.

History says that the emperor asked the various animals to run through the country so that their order in the zodiac calendar could be determined.

As a small and not particularly strong animal, the rat won through its cunning and cleverness - because it used the ox as a means of transport to get to its destination quickly.
However, the Lunar New Year does not only mean the Chinese New Year. Numerous other Asian cultures are based on the Lunisolar calendar and the lunar year, including, for example:

  1. The Vietnamese New Year Tết Nguyên Đán
  2. The Tibetan New Year Losar
  3. The Mongolian New Year Tsagaan Sar
  4. The Japanese New Year Shogatsu
  5. The Korean New Year Seollal
  6. Lunar New Year is celebrated over several days

The Chinese New Year is traditionally celebrated with the family. Often a joint feast takes place the evening before, then the traditional dumplings "Jiaozi" are prepared for the next day.

At midnight, many people set off fireworks to drive away bad spirits. Since many people travel to their families for the New Year, the traffic volume is particularly extreme these days.

Public life, on the other hand, comes to a complete standstill. Restaurants and shops are closed almost everywhere, even companies and authorities are usually closed all week or have only minimal staff.

The Chinese New Year legally comprises three public holidays, but traditionally it spans fifteen days. The festivities conclude with the Lantern Festival on day 15.


What are Google Doodles?


Not everyone knows their name, but just about every internet user has seen them before: the Google Doodles.

These are graphics that can be found on the Google homepage and in the search result lists at the top left.

They often represent the Google logo, which is expanded with various extras or effects. A click on the graphic often triggers an animation or even an interactive game.

Google Doodles are always created for a specific event - be it Mother’s Day, World Cup, a public holiday or a memorial day for a well-known person.

On the one hand, they remind you of a special event, but they also offer additional information. Because another click takes users directly to an automatic search query that explains the background of the doodle in more detail.

They are created by the doodlers, a special team of artists at Google that consists of graphic artists and illustrators.

The first Google Doodle:


A Google Doodle first appeared in 1998 when Larry Page and Sergey Brin changed the classic Google logo to express their presence at the Burning Man Festival.

Unlike today, this and the subsequent logos were still relatively simple, mostly they consisted only of an immobile graphic in front of or behind the Google lettering.

The number of Google Doodles in 1998 was just three - today there are several hundred Doodles per year. The previous leader is 2013 when a total of 325 Google Doodles went online.

How many Google Doodles are there?


So far, the Doodler team has created over 2000 Google Doodles worldwide.

Is Google Doodle the same worldwide?


No, some of the Google Doodles differ internationally or are only played in certain regions and countries.

For example, national holidays are only played in the respective country, such as the King's Day on April 27 in the Netherlands or the Freedom Day in South Africa that takes place at the same time.

Internationally important memorial days, public holidays or other exciting events such as Earth Day or the first picture of a black hole are played internationally.

Google Doodle games:


In recent years, some Google Doodles have enjoyed great popularity due to their special features. Some of these are full-fledged games that can be played directly on the Google homepage. These included:

Google Doodle Pac-Man 2010:


Pac-Man is an absolute game classic and celebrated its 30th birthday in 2010. To celebrate the day, there was an interactive Google Doodle in which the logo served as a playing field for Pac-Man. Click here for the doodle.

Google Doodle Halloween 2016:


There was a particularly complex Google Doodle on Halloween. The player-controlled the black cat Momo, who had to use her magical powers to defend her classmates.

The game was played by tracing the symbols above the heads of the opponents. Click here for the doodle.

Google Doodle Fruit Games 2016:


On the occasion of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Google created not only one, but a full 16 mini-games in the form of a daily changing Google Doodle. Click here for the doodles.

Google Doodle Archive: Can you still see old Google Doodles?


Google Doodles are usually only available for one day, after which they disappear from the homepage. All Google Doodles are always available in the specially created archive.


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