It is that time of the year. When one thing gives way to the other. So Google's animated doodle for December 31, 2013, is one that will in a few hours change to usher in the New Year. Rest assured that the numbers will change, with the four coming in place of 3 when the clock strikes 12.
Even last year, Google had marked the last day of 2012 with a doodle that finally morphed into another the next day. So while December 31, 2012 was marked by a doodle of people partying hard, January 1, 2013 showed the same scene almost empty with just the cleaners around.
This has been a recurring theme with Google's doodles every New Year's Eve since 2011. It is always the same doodle that transforms into another to mark the transition of the year. Before that, there was no tradition of having a special doodle on December 31, though the new year was always marked with one.
Here is a look at doodles over many years.
Doodle for 2012-13
Doodle for 2011-12
Doodle for New Year 2011
Doodle for New Year 2010