IT Live: Google’s Doodle on Friday featured a parade of colorful banners in the shape of an owl, tiger and the sun, in celebration of Pahela Boishakh, the first day of the Bangla Year.
The Doodle shows Mangal Shobhajatra, the procession of well-being, which bring out at Dhaka. During the march, colourful masks of tigers, owls and other creatures native to Bangladesh are hoisted above the celebrating crowds, reports Time.
Although each animal has its own symbolic meaning, collectively they are said to inspire courage and promote peace, according to Google.
The celebration of Bangla New Year began with Emperor Akbar, who developed the Bengali calendar over 400-years-ago as he extended Mughal control over much of what is now modern day Bangladesh. Originally the new calendar was intended as a way to instigate uniform tax collection across the land.