Lucknow: The graphic team of tech giant Google welcomed New Year 2022 with an animated doodle candy with 2021 on it, breaking into halves and 2022 popping out of it. Once you click on the colourful ‘doogle’, it will take you to another page that has the message of ‘New Year’s Day’ with confetti all over your display. The Google Doodle page wish reads, “And just like that, 2022 is here—Happy New Year’s Day!”.
Due to the threat of Covid-19, countries across the world welcomed New Year 2022 in a muted way. However, the first day of the new year started on a sad note in India with at least 12 people dying, and several injured in a stampede, triggered by heavy rush of devotees on New Year’s Day, at the famous Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir.
Wishing people on the occasion of the New Year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “Happy 2022! May this year bring abundance of joy and good health in everyone’s lives. May we keep scaling new heights of progress and prosperity, and work even harder to fulfil the dreams of our great freedom fighters.”