Google celebrates Indian festivals with doodles

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Bangalore, Nov 14: The search engine giant Google Inc has been celebrating Childeren's Day on Sunday, Nov 14 by featuring a special doodle, which was designed by 14-year-old school boy Akshay Raj.

Akshay Raj, a 9th standard student in Mangalore, is the winner for 2010 D4G competition, which was based on "My Dream for India."

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Google Inc celebrates special days and events with doodles. Doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists.

Google started the custom of celebrating special days with doodle on Aug 30, 1998 to indicate Google founders Larry and Sergey's attendance at the Burning Man festival. Since then Google has boasted more than 1000 doodles internationally.

2010 Google Doodles in India:

Google doodles are selected according to their importance in different countries. International holidays and events can be featured with doodles on home pages of all countries. But Google also celebrates local celebrations with doodles in selected countries. Childeren's Day doodle is featured only on Google India home page.

Google Inc depicted 67 doodles between 2010 Jan to Mar. On Jan 14, Google featured a 'Kites' doodle to celebrate Kites Festival in India. On Jan 26, 2010, Google India home page got special doodle for Republic Day.

Between 2010 Apr to Jun, Google painted 84 doodles on its homepage in different countries. On May 21, 2010, Google celebrated Pac-Man's 30th anniversary with interactive doodle.

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Between 2010 Jul to Sep, Google marked 55 doodles. On Aug 15, 2010, India celebrated its Independence Day with special Google doodle. Later on Sep 04, 2010, Google featured another interactive Buckyball doodle to celebrate 25th anniversary of Buckyball.

Google portrayed 29 doodles between 2010 Oct to Nov 14. On Oct 09, 2010 Google featured a video doodle to pay tribute to singing legend John Lennon on his 70th birthday. On Oct 31, 2010, Google celebrated Halloween with a special Scooby Doo doodle which had five parts.

Google has changed the way we use web. But with doodles, the California based Google had invented a unique way of celebration. We expect more doodle form global leader Google.

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