A snapshot of the 1 January, 2015 Google Doodle.
Keeping with tradition, as the clock struck midnight on December 31, signalling the end of 2014, many countries around the world welcomed the new year with fireworks. These included United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Australia, Japan and even North Korea, to name a few. It also inspired the very first Google Doodle of 2015.
While the doodle dated December 31, 2014 recapped some of the most significant trends and news making events of the year gone by, (Flappy Bird, 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Philae Lander and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge) the first short and sweet Google Doodle of the new year ushered 2015 in with sparkles with the 'Google' logo metamorphosing into '2015' surrounded by fireworks.
The first Google Doodle was published in 1998 commemorating the Burning Man Festival of 1998 and designed by Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page.