Happy St. David’s Day to our friends in the UK! To mark the occasion, a new Google Doodle appears on Google’s UK homepage today in celebration of the patron saint of Wales. The logo features a red dragon sitting in a field of daffodils.
The red dragon – drawn with its tail wrapped around the “l” in Google’s logo – is inspired by the Welsh Dragon that adorns the national flag of Wales. Wearing daffodils or broaches of mini leeks is another tradition of the holiday (representative of daffodils of Wales, and St. David) – and many kids wear traditional Welsh costumes to school on this day.
March 1 has been recognized as a national day of celebration in St. David’s honor since the 18th century. The date was chosen in remembrance of the date he died in 589 AD.
Google has observed St. David’s Day with Doodles since 2006. In 2011 Google dressed the second, lower-case “g” in a Welsh hat, face lacing, shawl, and a daffodil.
As the Welsh would say, “Dydd Gwyl Dewi Hapus!”
Just 24 hours ago, on leap day, Google users in the UK and around the world were treated to a Doodle that celebrated Italian composer Gioachino Rossini.
Google also has released a new “behind the scenes” video about Google’s team of Doodlers to help promote the upcoming fifth annual Doodle 4 Google competition. This year’s theme is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” (Matteo Lopez won last year’s contest for his “What I’d like to do someday…” Doodle).