Tuesday, 20 March 2012

First Day of Spring - Google Doodle March 20, 2012

Google Doodle March 20, 2012 with a theme First Day of Spring.
Design by Marimekko.

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Google logo appear with bright colors. And if the note would not form the words "GOOGLE".
There appear pictures of blue flowers, pink flowers, cranes, two tailed blue butterfly, a truck carrying balls of green, red giraffes.

Google Doodle today design by Marimekko. Marimekko is a Finnish company based in Helsinki that has made important contributions to fashion, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. They are particularly noted for brightly-colored printed fabrics and simple styles, used both in women's garments and in home furnishings

Spring has historically started on the day of the vernal equinox, which occurs on the night of 20/21 March.

An equinox is one of two times during the year when the length of day and the length of night are just about equal while the word vernal comes from the Latin word for bloom. It refers to the fact that this equinox marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere.

Astronomers have defined an equinox as that moment when the sun arrives at one of two intersection points of the ecliptic, the sun's path across the sky, and the celestial equator, earth's equator projected onto the sky.

The date is particularly significant for pagans, many of whom carry out rituals, while others indulge in activities such as egg races, egg hunts and egg eating and egg painting. A number of Spring harvest festivals are celebrated at this time while Vernal Equinox Day is a national holiday in Japan, when families visit graves and hold reunions.

The Persian new year, Nowruz, also corresponds with the vernal equinox while many Iranians, Kurds and others will celebrate the 13-day festival.

Why is it called equinox? you can read here.