Google Doodle celebrates spring equinox

20 Mar 2012

The Google Doodle celebrating the spring equinox

Internet search giant Google is celebrating the end of winter and the official arrival of spring with a Doodle on its homepage in honour of the spring equinox.

The Doodle, which is a stylised Google logo, features springtime nature symbols forming each letter of the word Google: flowers, a bird, what looks like a truck carrying a topiary, and an animal. It’s based on a design by Marimekko, the the Finnish textile company famous for its bright, bold prints, The Guardian reported.

The Google Doodle is only appearing on Google homepages in Europe and North American countries, and not on Google homepages in countries that mark the arrival of spring on other dates.

In the northern hemisphere, spring arrives on 20 March, an event known as the spring, or vernal, equinox. An equinox occurs twice a year (the other time being autumn), when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator.

Another indication of spring’s arrival is the switch to Daylight Saving Time. In Ireland and the UK, the change to Daylight Savings Time begins at 1am on 25 March, when residents are to change the time on their clocks and watches forward one hour.