Cheery Google Doodle celebrates first day of spring

Avatar By Aaron Sims | 7 years ago

It just goes to show how deeply Google has infiltrated our homes and our minds: a doodle from Google to mark the first day of spring is being talked about around the globe.

While people in the midwest are still shoveling snow off their sidewalks, Google’s doodle, in a brief animated sequence, shows a cheerful little guy watering colorful flowers to welcome the spring equinox, which is also the first day of spring. Easy for him to say. Mountain View, California, Google’s home base, is expected to be a lovely 71 degrees, according to Today.

The spring equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, marks the first day of spring because on this day the Earth tilts neither toward or away from the sun. That means in the Northern Hemisphere people will see a nearly equal number of hours of day and night. This happens twice a year, on March 21 and at the fall equinox on September 22.

From as far back as the very first civilizations, the equinox has had important religious significance. Even today the equinox marks celebrations such as Easter and Passover. And in England, Stonehenge will be open at the start of the equinox, so Druids and Pagans can see the sunrise above the ancient stone monument, according to the Independent.

Even though daffodils are blooming and trees are flowering in sunny California, much of the country is still shoveling snow and bundling up in parkas. And as the Guardian notes, Google’s happy chap clearly doesn’t live in England, which is experiencing the wettest weather in 250 years. No thirsty daffodils there.

But hey, wherever you are, the fashion police say it’s now okay to wear white.