Google Doodle: from Burning Man to December Global Holidays

December has arrived and Google is inaugurating it with a Doodle on the holidays of the month: December Global Holidays . The will is to celebrate all the anniversaries of the last month of the year, without excluding anyone.

A discreet doodle that simply wants to remember the celebrations of any kind and the holidays they bring with them. Google is celebrating the last 31 days of a difficult year, days that will bring additional challenges to keep people safe.

December Global Holidays: the latest of the Google Doodle

Google's red, yellow and blue lettering is adorned with festive lights and a bird decorating it. December Global Holidays is the latest Google doodle, arrived to wish us happy holidays in a very strange and difficult period.

But when were the doodles born? It was 1998 when Sergey Brin and Larry Page , founders of the search engine, wanted to change the Google logo in honor of the alternative “Burning Man” festival in which they had participated. They then added the little man symbol of the festival to the writing, creating an ad hoc logo for the event.

The first Google doodle dedicated to the "Burning Man" festival. Credits: The Keyword
The first Google doodle dedicated to the “Burning Man” festival. Credits: The Keyword

The doodle, literally "scribble", pleased the two so much that they decided to reply also for thanksgiving. Since that year, doodles have celebrated holidays and events around the world, adding a twist to searches.

The beauty of these dedications has impressed users so much that the request has increased more and more over the years, so much so that Google has created a dedicated section in its team . The events and anniversaries celebrated reflect the company's ideas and interest in innovation.

Currently, the proposals for design are open to everyone, not just employees : web designers, graphics enthusiasts and artists. In total, more than 4,000 doodles have been created to date, also diversified by location.

The most beautiful doodles

Some doodles are also interactive , such as the one created for Pac-Man's 30th anniversary. It was in fact possible to play a reduced version of the arcade game, climbing the user rankings.

What about the one dedicated to the Brothers Grimm? Also in this case it was an interactive doodle, designed for children but also appreciated by adults, which allowed them to “leaf through” the story of Little Red Riding Hood like a book through images .

Some slides of the doodle dedicated to the Grimm brothers. Credits: walter.bz
Some slides of the doodle dedicated to the Grimm brothers. Credits: walter.bz

Some are real works of art, such as those dedicated to Fyodor Dostoevskij or Akira Kurosawa. And we certainly cannot fail to mention the one dedicated to Ada Lovelace, the first computer in history . The doodle was created on the occasion of his 197th birthday on December 10, 2012.

The Google doodle dedicated to Ada Lovelace's 197th birthday. Credits: Libertad Digital
The doodle dedicated to Ada Lovelace's 197th birthday. Credits: Libertad Digital

December and holidays in 2020

The coronavirus has disrupted our way of life and holidays will also be affected . If we were used to spending Christmas and New Year between dinners and parties, this year we will have to give up on exaggerated celebrations, celebrating the period with moderation and attention.

In addition to Christian Christmas and New Year's Eve , Google doodle celebrates all the holidays in the world . In Germany, for example, St. Nicholas is celebrated on 6 December: during this day Nikolaus brings small gifts to the children, waiting for Santa Claus.

From 10 to 18 December the Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah, the festival of light . The festival celebrates the inauguration of a new altar in the Jerusalem temple. Moving to Iran, here we celebrate the night of Yalda, which falls on the winter solstice.

The famous candlestick symbol of Hanukkah. Credits: History.com
The famous candlestick symbol of Hanukkah. Credits: History.com

On December 21 in China there is the Dongzhi Festival, also celebrated by Japanese, Vietnamese and Koreans. Even in the land of the Rising Sun, the Christmas period is celebrated, of which the protagonist is Shengdan Laoren, the oriental Santa Claus.

The Japanese also celebrate Omisoka, which falls on December 31st and marks the transition from the old to the new year. The population celebrates the passage with purification rites. Finally, the Afro-American community celebrates Kwanzaa , an event that is deeply felt as it celebrates the history of the community and its roots.

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