Google, on Saturday, marked the first day of winters or the winter solstice with an animated Doodle depicting a glove and a scarf being knitted in the shape of its logo.
Unlike the dull and the grey winters the doodle, created by German illustrator Christoph Niemann, is a cheery one in bright blue, green, yellow and red.
The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year, but not the coldest day of the season which generally comes later.
The solstice occurs when the sun is at its greatest height as observed from the South Pole and generally falls either on December 21 or on December 22.
Though, you might believe you've already experienced winters, today is the day the season 'officially' begins. The days would start getting longer for the next six months and the nights, shorter.
Today also marks the summer solstice for the southern hemisphere.
Twitter was, as usual, gaga about the doodle.
"Awesome Google doodle :D" tweeted @DsilvaStar. Another user @thelaundry tweeted "Yay for winter solstice and yay for hand knitted google doodle..."
Here are some more tweets about the doodle:
Other popular Google Doodles of 2013:
Satyajit Ray's birthday | Shakuntala Devi's birthday | CV Raman's birthday | Children's day | World's first parachute jump | Women's day | John Wisden’s birthday