On Ugadi, google ‘Doodle’ team has brought forth a colourful doodle on Navroz, which marks the Iranian New year day today, that coincides with Ugadi or New Year Day in many parts of India.
The day also signifies the first day of spring or Equinox that is celebrated as a holy day by Zoroastrians and Parisis, Kashmiris and Shia Muslims in many parts of the world.
When you hover over the doodle, it reads “Navroz Mubarak”, though disappointing those who expect it to be a New year Day greeting on Ugadi. Reflecting the spirit of spring, the new doodle is filled with colourful flowers, bees and caterpillar, without any animations. Last time, Google India greeted netizens with a Holi doodle.
The idea for doodles originated in 1998, much before the company Google was even incorporated. The concept of the doodle was born when Google founders Larry and Sergey played with the corporate logo to indicate their attendance at the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert and the revised logo was made to indicate to Google users that the founders were “out of office”.
Two years later in 2000, Larry and Sergey asked webmaster Dennis Hwang, an intern at the time, to produce a doodle for Bastille Day and it received an overwhelming response by users that Dennis was appointed Google’s chief doodler and the journey began.
Google doodles now highlight a wide array of events and anniversaries from the Birthday of John James Audubon to the Ice Cream Sundae. It has become a full-time job for a talented team illustrators called doodlers and engineers which has been entrusted with the task of creating doodles to enliven the Google homepage and bring smiles to the faces of Google users around the world.
The team has created over 2000 doodles so far. The concept is chosen by a group of Googlers who get together regularly to brainstorm and decide which events will be celebrated with a doodle.
The ideas for the doodles come from numerous sources including Googlers and Google users and the selection process aims to celebrate interesting events and anniversaries that reflect Google’s personality and love for innovation.
Google is also working closely with museums, foundations and other archives around the world to make more cultural and historical material accessible online and by focusing on doodles related to cultures all over the world and it has its own Google Cultural Institute.