To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Google created a doodle that opens the year of the Rabbit, the fourth zodiac animal in Chinese astrology, of which there are twelve. In Asian cultures, the rabbit symbolizes grace, beauty, mercy, and good luck. The Doodle drawing was done both on paper and digitally to pay homage to an ancient paper folding and cutting technique called Jianzhi that dates back to the second century.
The Lunar New Year is considered a time of reunion and rebirth, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Unlike the holidays associated with the Gregorian solar calendar, the traditional Chinese calendar observes the days of the year according to the ancient Chinese lunisolar calendar system, in which the months are based on the phases of the moon. The festivities usually last two weeks and begin with a nighttime parade featuring floats, dragons, dancers and musicians.
For the occasion, Google has also created a digital exhibition available on the Google Arts & Culture website.
CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance
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