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13th Anniversary of the 4 unit VLT telescope: Antu, Kueyen, Melipal and Yepun 2012
13th Anniversary of the 4 unit VLT telescope: Antu, Kueyen, Melipal and Yepun 2012
Johann Gottfried Galle's 200th Birthday 2012
Johann Gottfried Galle's 200th Birthday 2012
End of the Mayan Calendar 2012
End of the Mayan Calendar 2012
Edmond Halley's 355th Birthday 2011
Edmond Halley's 355th Birthday 2011
 50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space 2011
50th Anniversary of the First Man in Space 2011
Doodle 4 Google 2010
Doodle 4 Google 2010
Hubble Space Telescope's 20th Anniversary 2010
Hubble Space Telescope's 20th Anniversary 2010
Milutin Milankovich's Birthday 2010
Milutin Milankovich's Birthday 2010
Anniversary of Belka and Strelka Space Flight 010
Anniversary of Belka and Strelka Space Flight 010
Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa Returns 2010
Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa Returns 2010
Crop Circles 2009
Crop Circles 2009
Discovery of Water on the Moon 2009
Discovery of Water on the Moon 2009
Giovanni Schiaparelli's Birthday 2009
Giovanni Schiaparelli's Birthday 2009
50th Anniversary of NASA 2008
50th Anniversary of NASA 2008
Yuri Gagarin's Birthday 2007
Yuri Gagarin's Birthday 2007
Sputnik - 50th Anniversary 2007
Sputnik - 50th Anniversary 2007
Percival Lowell's 151st Birthday 2006
Percival Lowell's 151st Birthday 2006
Anniversary of Lunar Landing 2005
Anniversary of Lunar Landing 2005
Spirit Lands on Mars 2004
Spirit Lands on Mars 2004
Transit of Venus 2004
Transit of Venus 2004
Lunar X Prize 2004
Lunar X Prize 2004
Earth Day 2003
Earth Day 2003
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000
Google Aliens 2000

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Müzeyyen Senar’s 100th Birthday ()
Müzeyyen Senar’s 100th Birthday Date: July 16, 2018 Location: Turkey Tags: Pop Culture, singer, diva, microphone, performer, Music
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Celebrating World Cup 2018 Champions: France! ()
Celebrating World Cup 2018 Champions: France! Date: July 16, 2018 Congratulations to the 2018 FIFA World Cup champions: France! 🇫🇷 Over the past month, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries competed for top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities across Russia. With a total of 64 matches (and plenty of GOOOALS!), the games have culminated at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, where the French national team has won to become the 2018 World Cup champions. This year's Doodle series celebrated the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation. We hope you've enjoyed all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist's interpretation of, "What ⚽ looks like in my country." Today's Doodle is a unique creation by our very own French Doodler, Helene Leroux, depicting, "What World Cup victory looks like in my country!" Cheers to all the talented players around the world. See you next time! Q&A with today's featured artist: Helene Leroux Q: How does it feel for you and your fellow French peers to have won the 2018 World Cup?   A:  It's super exciting of course!! It's also nice that it's happening 20 years after our first World Cup victory in 1998! I love that it brings French people closer together to share that moment of joy. Being away from France at the moment, it allows me to be a bit closer to my country in a way ;)   Q: What does your celebration Doodle depict & what inspired the elements you chose to include in it?  A: I had to represent the rooster, of course, which is the symbol of France and French football! He is running and jumping on a spinning football, which can be associated with the world spinning. I wanted to also depict the Arc de Triomphe of Paris, which was very symbolic during the victory of 1998 as they projected images of the football players of the team right after they won.  And I wanted to use only the colors of the French flag: blue, white, and red!   Q: What do you hope people feel or take away from your Doodle?  A: I really want to give a sense of celebration in the Doodle, and hope it will make people want to party and pay tribute to the team's achievements!    Q: How will you celebrate the big win!? A: I'm in San Francisco and the game is shown early in the morning, so I guess I have all day to go around the city to find all the French spots and French peers to celebrate with ;)  Location: France Tags:
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Children's Day 2018 (Panama, Venezuela) ()
Children's Day 2018 (Panama, Venezuela) Date: July 15, 2018 Location: Panama, Venezuela Tags:
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Bastille Day 2018 ()
Bastille Day 2018 Date: July 14, 2018 Although La Fête Nationale — or Bastille Day as it’s known in English-speaking countries — hearkens back to the dawn of the French Revolution, it’s fundamentally a celebration of culture. At this time each year, French people around the globe, from Nice to New Orleans, honor their heritage and pay homage to those who fought for the principles of Liberté, Egalité, and Fraternité (liberty, equality, fraternity). In Paris, crowds gather along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to enjoy parades, heading to the Eiffel Tower for fireworks and live music later on. In Marseille, the Vieux Port plays host to two days of festivities. Wherever the celebration takes place, you’ll surely hear the French national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” resounding throughout the streets. Seen on church bell towers since the Middle Ages, the French rooster, or Coq Gaulois, also appeared on French flags during the revolution of 1789. The bird that crows at dawn has come to symbolize vigilance as well as the people of France. In today’s Doodle a procession of blue, white, and red hens and roosters enjoy a Bastille Day parade. Bonne Fête Nationale! Location: France Tags:
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World Cup 2018 - Day 24 ()
World Cup 2018 - Day 24 Date: July 14, 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup third place play-off has arrived! Over the past month, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries have competed for top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities across Russia. With a total of 64 matches (and plenty of GOOOALS!), the games will culminate at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.  This year's Doodle series celebrated the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation! We hope you've enjoyed all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist's interpretation of "What ⚽ looks like in my country." Best of luck to both teams who have made it to the third place play-off this year: Belgium and England! Today's Featured Artists   Belgium – Sam Vanallemeersch    England – Celyn Brazier Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country? A: It is a quintessentially English national event that is tinged with excitement and frustration and tragedy in equal measure. At its best it represents people of many backgrounds and ethnicities coming together in dark, sweaty pubs while it is hot and sunny outside.   Early sketches and drafts of the illustrations below Belgium Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch   England England World Cup Doodle Sketch   England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch   Location: Global Tags:
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Celebrating Sarah "Fanny" Durack ()
Celebrating Sarah "Fanny" Durack Date: July 12, 2018 Today’s Doodle celebrates Sarah “Fanny” Durack, a titan in her sport who fought tirelessly for the right to represent her country on the world stage. In 1912 Fanny became the first Australian woman to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming, going on to break every world record in women’s swimming from the 100-meter to the 1-mile. Born in Sydney on October 27, 1889, Durack learned to swim with her two sisters at tidal pools near Coogee Beach. Winning her first championship at age 13, she went on to dominate the sport in Australia. The 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm were the first to include women in swimming. Dismissing concerns about female athletes competing in front of male spectators, Durack and “Mina” Wylie petitioned the New South Wales Ladies Swimming Association to allow them to participate. Having set two world records that same year, Durack and her close runner-up Mina won the right to compete—but the Amateur Swimming Union would not pay the expenses for their trip to Sweden. They appeared at fundraisers to earn the money, letting no obstacle stop them from making a mark on the global stage. A century later, Fanny Durack’s name lives on thanks to her commitment to the pursuit of excellence—and to gender equality in sports. Location: Australia Tags:
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World Cup 2018 - Day 23 - UK ()
World Cup 2018 - Day 23 - UK Date: July 11, 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is underway! Over the next month, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries will compete for top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities around the country. With a total of 64 matches (and plenty of GOOOALS!), the games will culminate at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.  This year's Doodle series celebrates the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation! Tune in to catch all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist's interpretation of "What ⚽ looks like in my country." Today's Featured Artists   Croatia – Vedran Klemens Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country?  A: It is Croatia's favourite pastime!   England – Celyn Brazier Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country? A: It is a quintessentially English national event that is tinged with excitement and frustration and tragedy in equal measure. At its best it represents people of many backgrounds and ethnicities coming together in dark, sweaty pubs while it is hot and sunny outside.   Early sketches and drafts of the illustrations below   Croatia Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch   Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch   England England World Cup Doodle Sketch   England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch Location: United Kingdom Tags:
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World Cup 2018 - Day 23 ()
World Cup 2018 - Day 23 Date: July 11, 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is underway! Over the next month, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries will compete for top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities around the country. With a total of 64 matches (and plenty of GOOOALS!), the games will culminate at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.  This year's Doodle series celebrates the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation! Tune in to catch all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist's interpretation of "What ⚽ looks like in my country." Today's Featured Artists   Croatia – Vedran Klemens Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country?  A: It is Croatia's favourite pastime!   England – Celyn Brazier Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country? A: It is a quintessentially English national event that is tinged with excitement and frustration and tragedy in equal measure. At its best it represents people of many backgrounds and ethnicities coming together in dark, sweaty pubs while it is hot and sunny outside.   Early sketches and drafts of the illustrations below   Croatia Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch   Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch   England England World Cup Doodle Sketch   England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch Location: Global Tags:
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World Cup 2018 - Day 22 ()
World Cup 2018 - Day 22 Date: July 10, 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is underway! Over the next month, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries will compete for top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities around the country. With a total of 64 matches (and plenty of GOOOALS!), the games will culminate at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.  This year's Doodle series celebrates the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation! Tune in to catch all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist's interpretation of "What ⚽ looks like in my country." Today's Featured Artists   Belgium – Sam Vanallemeersch    France – Helene Leroux   Early sketches and drafts of the illustrations below Belgium Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch     France France World Cup Doodle Sketch   Location: Global Tags:
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Carlota Jaramillo’s 114th Birthday ()
Carlota Jaramillo’s 114th Birthday Date: July 9, 2018 Today’s Doodle celebrates the 114th birthday of Ecuadorian singer and guitarist María Isabel Carlota Jaramillo, whose powerful renditions of traditional tango and pasillo standards keep the spirit of Ecuador’s people alive. Born in 1904 in Calacalí, a rural parish north of Quito, Jaramillo was taught to play guitar by her uncle. Although her mother encouraged her to focus on her studies, Carolta entered an amateur singing contest with her sister Inés. There, the girls' talent attracted the attention of Rafael Ramos Albuja, who invited them to join his musical theater company. Jaramillo embarked on a solo career in 1935, specializing in songs full of beauty and heartbreak. She broadcasted hypnotic performances on Radio Quito three times a week, and released numerous popular recordings starting with “Honda Pena” in 1938. While her musical accomplishments may not have translated into an opulent lifestyle, she continues to be heralded in Ecuador as “La Reina de la Canción Nacional,” or Queen of the nation’s music to this day. Happy 114th birthday, Carlota Jaramillo! Location: Ecuador Tags:
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Argentina Independence Day 2018 ()
Argentina Independence Day 2018 Date: July 9, 2018 Today’s Doodle celebrates Argentina’s national day, whose name is derived from argentum, the Latin word for “silver”. During the 16th century, navigators traveled to South America in search of treasure, leading them to the Río de la Plata, or “river of silver.” The colony of Buenos Aires — now Argentina’s capital and most populous city — was established on the western bank of the river. On July 9, 1816, the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata — Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and part of Bolivia — met in the city of Tucumán and declared their independence from Spain. Today marks the anniversary of that declaration, a celebration of the country’s journey to sovereignty. Argentine families gather on this day to enjoy plentiful helpings of locro, a hearty stew of meat, hominy, and squash. For those with a sweet tooth, the national holiday’s a good excuse for extra pastelitos, churros, and hot chocolate. In Buenos Aires, locals gather by the thousands on La Avenida 9 de julio, donning sky-blue-and-white rosettes known as escarapelas. These same colors are seen in today’s Doodle, depicting the Argentinian flag with a golden sun in the center, modeled after the engraving seen on the country’s first coin, the real. ¡Feliz Día de la Independencia, Argentina! Location: Argentina Tags:
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Celebrating Shirley (Mum Shirl) Smith ()
Celebrating Shirley (Mum Shirl) Smith Date: July 8, 2018 Today marks the start of NAIDOC week, a time when Australia recognizes the culture of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Because of Her, We Can!” guest artist Cheryl Moggs, a proud descendant of the Bigambul people of Goondiwindi, created this Doodle celebrating the vibrant spirit of “Mum Shirl.” Colleen Shirley Perry Smith was born on November 22, 1921, in Erambie Mission, an Aboriginal community in New South Wales. Diagnosed with epilepsy at an early age, Shirl dedicated her life to community activism that resulted in social reform for Aboriginal Australians and other minority communities throughout the country. After her brother Laurie was arrested, Shirl began visiting Sydney’s Long Bay Correctional Complex to check on him and other Aboriginal inmates. When guards asked how she was related to the prisoners she wanted to visit, she’d say she was their “mum”—and a legend was born. Her work was not limited to prisons, however; Shirl was a founding member of the Aboriginal Children’s Service, the Aboriginal Housing Company, the Aboriginal Medical Service, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, and the Aboriginal Legal Service. Mum Shirl resided in Sydney for the majority of her life, often travelling to educate Australians on issues affecting Aboriginal communities. Revered for her humanitarian work, this captivating speaker was recognized as a National Living Treasure by Australia’s National Trust in 1998. “Many people have told me they think I’m an exception,” she wrote in her autobiography. “I’m not… There are many fine Aboriginal people who, with half a chance, would be doing what I am now doing.” Thanks to her, many more have. Guest art by Cheryl Moggs. Location: Australia Tags: Guest Artist
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Helen Rodríguez Trías’ 89th Birthday ()
Helen Rodríguez Trías’ 89th Birthday Date: July 7, 2018 Today’s Doodle pays tribute to Helen Rodríguez Trías, a physician, educator, and outspoken advocate for women and children’s right to healthcare.   Born in New York City on this day in 1929,  Rodríguez Trias moved to Puerto Rico with her family and later enrolled in the University of Puerto Rico’s medical school, graduating with highest honors.  She was inspired to pursue a career in medicine because, she said, it "combined the things I loved the most, science and people.” Upon moving her practice from Puerto Rico to NYC, she became a staunch supporter of grassroots efforts to improve the quality of life for the community served by Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx, where she worked as director of the Department of Pediatrics.  She developed programs to help abused children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. Over time Dr. Rodríguez Trias expanded her efforts on an international scale, working tirelessly to improve health care for families in Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.  "I hope I'll see in my lifetime a growing realization that we are one world,” she said. “No one is going to have quality of life unless we support everyone's quality of life… Not on a basis of do-goodism, but because of a real commitment...it's our collective and personal health that's at stake." A founder of the New York Latino Commission on AIDS, she became the first Hispanic American woman to serve as president of the American Public Health Association.  In 2001, she was honored her with the Presidential Citizens Medal as an ''outstanding educator and dynamic leader in public health.'' Happy Birthday Dr. Rodríguez Trías! Location: Puerto Rico, Singapore, United States Tags:
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Tanabata 2018 ()
Tanabata 2018 Date: July 7, 2018 Once a year, two star-crossed lovers meet across the Milky Way for a fated reunion—or so the legend of the Japanese festival Tanabata goes. Known as the “Star Festival,” Tanabata is traditionally celebrated in Japan on the seventh day of the seventh month each year. In the Gregorian calendar, that’s today, but some celebrations take place in August. Originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival, Tanabata was brought to Japan in 755 AD and is still popular today. Present customs center around matsuri (festivals). Often held in places decked with colorful streamers and elaborate ornaments, matsuri include parades, music, dancing, and fireworks. Though festivities vary by locale, you’ll almost always find street vendors peddling tasty snacks. In today’s Doodle, we celebrate Tanabata with a depiction of the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi amidst a constellation of Google stars. Beneath them are bamboo branches decorated with wishes—a representation of one of Tanabata’s most storied traditions. In this time-honored custom, people write wishes on vibrant tanzaku (strips of paper), before adorning the bamboo in hopes they’ll come true. Our wish this year is a happy Tanabata for all! Location: Japan Tags:
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World Cup 2018 - Day 21 ()
World Cup 2018 - Day 21 Date: July 7, 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is underway! Over the next month, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries will compete for top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities around the country. With a total of 64 matches (and plenty of GOOOALS!), the games will culminate at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.  This year's Doodle series celebrates the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation! Tune in to catch all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist's interpretation of "What ⚽ looks like in my country." Today's Featured Artists   Croatia – Vedran Klemens Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country?  A: It is Croatia's favourite pastime!   England – Celyn Brazier Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country? A: It is a quintessentially English national event that is tinged with excitement and frustration and tragedy in equal measure. At its best it represents people of many backgrounds and ethnicities coming together in dark, sweaty pubs while it is hot and sunny outside.   Russia – Arina Shabanova Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country? A: Football was always the main game of the country, every kid in the yard plays it. This is not just a game, but also a spectacle that gathers people together, like gatherings with songs by the fire, but only much larger.   Sweden – Linnea Sterte   Early sketches and drafts of the illustrations below   Croatia Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch   Croatia World Cup Doodle Sketch   England England World Cup Doodle Sketch   England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch England World Cup Doodle Sketch   Russia   Russia World Cup Doodle Sketch   Russia World Cup Doodle Sketch   Russia World Cup Doodle Sketch   Russia World Cup Doodle Sketch   Sweden Sweden World Cup Doodle Sketch Sweden World Cup Doodle Sketch Sweden World Cup Doodle Sketch Sweden World Cup Doodle Sketch Sweden World Cup Doodle Sketch Location: Global Tags:
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Teachers' Day 2018 (Peru) ()
Teachers' Day 2018 (Peru) Date: July 6, 2018 Location: Peru Tags:
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Viola Desmond’s 104th Birthday ()
Viola Desmond’s 104th Birthday Date: July 6, 2018 Today’s Doodle celebrates the 104th birthday of Viola Desmond, the black entrepreneur and businesswoman who refused to give up her seat in the whites-only section of a movie theater, leading to a court case that inspired Canada’s civil rights movement. A schoolteacher and entrepreneur, Desmond overcame various obstacles in pursuit of her dream, breaking down racial barriers and inspiring others to follow in her footsteps. Her Desmond School of Beauty Culture was the first in Halifax, Nova Scotia to admit black women. One of the largest milestones of Desmond’s life actually occurred by chance. The Roseland Theater usually reserved floor seats for white patrons, but Desmond refused to sit up the balcony. She was forcibly removed, injuring her hip and spending the night in jail. When she was fined for tax evasion over a $.01 cent tax that she’d offered to pay, Desmond fought the case in court, sparking a nationwide debate about desegregation. Desmond was officially pardoned in 2010, and a posthumous apology was issued by Nova Scotia’s lieutenant-governor. Earlier this year, Desmond became the first woman to be featured on Canadian currency. Her $10 bill is first Canadian bank note to be oriented vertically. Appropriately enough, even Desmond’s denomination is bold and unique. Location: Canada Tags: Birthday
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World Cup 2018 - Day 20 ()
World Cup 2018 - Day 20 Date: July 6, 2018 The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is underway! Over the next month, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries will compete for top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities around the country. With a total of 64 matches (and plenty of GOOOALS!), the games will culminate at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15.  This year's Doodle series celebrates the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation! Tune in to catch all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist's interpretation of "What ⚽ looks like in my country." Today's Featured Artists   Belgium – Sam Vanallemeersch    Brazil – Pedro Vergani Q: What does ⚽ mean in your country? A: Football in Brazil is a state of mind, a moment when the country gathers to celebrate (or cry) together. It is an expression of an important part of our culture; it is art, rhythm, dance, hard work, teamwork, and a dash of cheekiness.   France – Helene Leroux   Uruguay – Macarena Campos   Early sketches and drafts of the illustrations below Belgium Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch Belgium World Cup Doodle Sketch   Brazil   Brazil World Cup Doodle Sketch     France France World Cup Doodle Sketch   Uruguay   Uruguay World Cup Doodle Sketch   Uruguay World Cup Doodle Sketch   Uruguay World Cup Sketch   Uruguay World Cup Doodle Sketch Location: Global Tags:
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Venezuela Independence Day 2018 ()
Venezuela Independence Day 2018 Date: July 5, 2018 From the beaches of Margarita Island to the villages of the Andes mountains, Venezuela National Day is celebrated with fireworks and most importantly, family. Today’s Doodle celebrates Venezuela’s festive culture with a couple in traditional garb dancing the joropo. A lively dance derived from the Spanish fandango, joropo developed into a distinctly Venezuelan fusion of South American and Caribbean influences. Widely considered Venezuela’s national dance, the joropo is usually accompanied by stringed instruments — guitars, harps, and the cuatro — a four-stringed Venezuelan guitar played by cuatristas. Dancing joropo on this day also comes in handy to work off the calories from feasting on some of the country’s traditional dishes including: arepas, plantains, griddled white cheese, and the national dish: pabellon criollo — beans, rice, plantains, and spicy shredded beef with an egg on top. On Independence Day it’s often plated to look just like the national flag! ¡Feliz día de la independencia, Venezuela! Location: Venezuela Tags: National Holiday, dance, joropo
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Algeria Independence Day 2018 ()
Algeria Independence Day 2018 Date: July 5, 2018 As Algerians celebrate their National Day, today’s Doodle showcases the flag of this diverse and culturally rich North African nation. From the Sahara desert to the Mediterranean seaside town of Oran, Algeria offers fertile landscapes and stunning architecture alongside ancient ruins. The old city, officially known as the Casbah, is an ancient site built on a hill overlooking the modern capital of Algiers. The rocky natural fortress of Constantine represents Algerian history with French and Muslim architectural styles surrounded by ruins dating back to the Roman Empire. The historic city once had six suspension bridges, the biggest of which, Pont Sidi M’Cid, is still standing. Constantine was built on the Rhumel Gorge, a canyon dotted with rock formations and caves, which are believed to be prehistoric settlements. Looking at the city from a distance — from the gorges up to the bridges and buildings — many eras of civilization can be seen in a single glance. Algerian people spend National Day by taking to the streets wearing the national color of green. They dance together in public spaces, greeting each other in Arabic, Berber, and French, and listening to the President’s address from Algiers. There are military parades and concerts in the National Stadium. Later on everyone gets together for a meal of couscous served with vegetables or lamb, ubiquitous in Algerian kitchens from ancient times until today. Happy National Day, Algeria! Location: Algeria Tags: National Holiday
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