Happy St. Patrick's Day 2012 Google Logo

Happy St. Patrick's Day! On this day everybody becomes Irish. Even the search engines are Irish today. To celebrate the holiday, Google has "gone green" by posting a St. Patty's Day Google Doodle in select countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark, the UK, and Ireland.


The intricately detailed Google logo was inspired by the "Book of Kells," an illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks that contained the four Gospels of the New Testament.

As you might expect, [corned beef and cabbage] was a top trending Google search yesterday in the U.S., no doubt as people hunted down tasty St. Patrick's Day recipes, perhaps to accompany some green beer? Leprechauns and shamrocks were among the rising search terms related to the holiday.

Ireland led the world on searches for [st patricks day] this year, followed by New Zealand, the U.S., Australia, and Canada, according to Google Insights for Search. The city with the most searches was Dublin, Ireland, followed by Boston, Mass., Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City.

Last year was the first time since 2003 that Google didn't post a St. Patrick's Day Doodle for the U.S. to enjoy, and there was never a clear explanation of why. But those celebrating the holiday today no doubt are happy to see the Doodle return to Google's U.S. homepage.

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.