New Delhi: Celebrating the Chinese New Year 2014, Google posted a doodle on its homepage. The year 2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse, which begins on Friday, and is marked by riotous displays of fireworks thought to bring good luck.
The doodle features a girl on a rocking horse and a man holding a pair of Chinese lanterns in one hand and a string of firecrackers in the other.
The Year of the Horse, the lunar new year that starts on January 31, contains a great deal of fire, bringing energy, and also wood, fuelling the flames, and making them stronger.
"The upcoming Horse year is also a 'yang wood' year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm," said Raymond Lo, a practitioner for more than 20 years who has students all over the world.
The combination of a Horse year and a "yang wood" year, which comes round every 60 years, has a record of regional warfare.
Warnings of heavy smog over central and eastern China this week have prompted the country's weather forecaster to call for a ban on the fireworks traditionally let off at Lunar New Year.