Google doodle fetes Girl's Day in Japan

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Tokyo, Mar 3: The famous coloured logo of Google Inc. can be seen anywhere in the world. Being a global entrepreneur, the search engine giant always tries to go local with its doodle experiments. Google keeps changing its logo on the search engine home page to mark special occasions in different nations. The latest Google doodle can be seen on Google Japan search page, which is featured to mark the Hina Matsuri or Girls' Day.

Google decides to celebrate Girl's Day in Japan on Thursday, Mar 3 with an attractive Google doodle. The new doodle painted a set of Hina dolls representing the Emperor and Empress in traditional court dress of the Heian period. 'GOOGLE' logo also can be seen on the doodle.

Japan celebrates the Hinamatsuri, Girl's Day or doll festival, on 3 March of every year. Families celebrate with their daughters and pray for their prosperity, good health and happy lives. People display a set of Hina dolls in houses wishing girls' healthy growth and happiness.

Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display the dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period, the last division of classical Japanese history, running from 794 to 1185.

Hina Matsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi, in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them. Hina-matsuri is also called momo-no-sekku, which means a festival of peach blossoms.

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