St. Patrick's Day 2011 Logos: Google Ireland, Bing, DuckDuckGo & More

Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody! Just as wearing green, parades, corned beef and cabbage, shamrocks, and copious drinking o' the beer in Irish pubs are part of the annual celebration, so too has been the annual special St. Patrick's Day Google Doodle and special logos from other search engines.

But not this year it seems – at least in the U.S. For the first time since 2003, the U.S. wasn't treated to a St. Patrick's Day holiday-themed Google logo. Ireland was, however, and it features red clover snakes in the water and swans:



Even Google Egypt had a Doodle today, featuring Sayed Darwish.

Perhaps Ireland dominating St. Paddy's Day holiday-related searches was the reason the U.S. was overlooked?


St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday in Ireland, and is also celebrated in countries including Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia -- none of these countries were treated to the special logo either.

As Frank Watson reported earlier, corned beef and cabbage was also trending as a hot search in the U.S., with many seeking holiday recipes on perhaps the busiest day for Google's new Recipes View search filter.

Other Search Engines

Bing posted a special picture on their homepage, pointing to searches on [leprechauns] and [st patrick day recipes]:


DuckDuckGo's signature duck got in on the fun, toasting visitors with a green beer:

duckduckgo-stpatricksday11.png went with a background picture featuring a rainbow, with their question of the day being "What's the difference between clover and shamrock?":


And here's Dogpile's offering, featuring the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and urging you to celebrate with Irish flair:


Yahoo also failed to post a special logo this year.

About the author

Danny Goodwin formerly was Associate Editor of Search Engine Watch, where he also covered the latest search marketing and industry news. He joined Incisive Media in October 2007, in charge of copy editing columns that appeared on both Search Engine Watch and ClickZ. Prior to a life in the search industry, he worked in the journalism field, working in numerous newsroom positions, before later working as a freelance copy editor.