Mar 27, 2012

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Google Doodle

Google celebrates the 126th birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe:

Top 5 facts about Ludwig Mies van der Rohe:

1. His real name was Maria Ludwig Michael Mies. He is commonly referred to and addressed as Mies, his surname.

2. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born on March 27, 1886.

3. He was a German-American architect. 

4. Along with Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer, he is widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture.

5. He died on August 17, 1969.

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Juan Gris Google Doodle

Mar 21, 2012

Persian New Year Google Doodle

Google celebrated the Persian New Year with a special Doodle.

Top 5 facts about the Persian New Year:

1. The Persian New Year is known as Nowrūz.

2. The term Nowruz means: "now" - new, "ruz" - day.

3. The first day on the Iranian calendar falls on the March equinox, the first day of spring.

4. Nowruz is celebrated in Greater Iran, Caucasus, Central Asia and by Iranians worldwide.

5. It is a public holiday in Iran, India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraqi Kurdistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan. 

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Tunisian Independence Day Google Doodle

Google marked the Independence Day of Tunisia on  March 20, 2012.

Mar 20, 2012

Autumn Google Doodle

Google marks the Fall with a specail logo.  

Spring Equinox Google Doodle

Google marks the first day of spring in the Norther hemisphere with a special Doodle, designed by Marimekko.

Google Doodle About the 200th Anniversary of Spain's Constitution

Google celebrated the 200th Anniversary of Spain's Constitution.

Top 5 facts about the Spanish Constitution:

1. The Spanish Constitution of 1812 was promulgated 19 March 1812 by the Cádiz Cortes, the national legislative assembly (Cortes Generales "General Courts") of Spain, while in refuge from the Peninsular War. 

2. This constitution, one of the most liberal of its time, was effectively Spain's first, given that the Bayonne Statute issued in 1808 under Joseph Bonaparte never went into effect. 

3. The 1812 Constitution established the principles of universal male suffrage, national sovereignty, constitutional monarchy and freedom of the press, and supported land reform and free enterprise.

4. Six weeks after Ferdinand VII's return to Spain on 24 March 1814, he abolished the constitution, but it was reinstated during the Trienio Liberal of 1820–1823, and again briefly in 1836 and 1837 while the Progressives prepared the Constitution of 1837.

5.The Spaniards nicknamed the Constitution La Pepa because it was adopted on Saint Joseph's Day.

Mar 14, 2012

Akira Yoshizawa Google Doodle VIDEO

Google celebrates the 101st Birthday of Akira Yoshizawa.

Top 5 facts about Akira Yoshizawa:

1. He was born on March 14, 1911.

2. Akira Yoshizawa was an origamist, considered to be the grandmaster of origami.

3. He created more than 50,000 models, of which only a few hundred designs were presented as diagrams in his 18 books.

4. Yoshizawa acted as an international cultural ambassador for Japan throughout his career. In 1983, Japanese emperor Hirohito named him to the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest honors that can be given to a Japanese citizen.

5. He died on March 14, 2005.

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Mar 12, 2012

Tree Planting Day Google Doodle

Google marked the Chinese Tree-Planting Day with a Doodle.

Top 5 facts about the Tree Planting Day:

1. In February 1979 with a resolution was decided that March 12th would be taken as Chinese Tree-Planting Day, and the whole country must carry out tree-planting activities on this day, and the whole society to support the construction of forestry. 

2. In 1981, there was a Resolution on Launching a Campaign of Voluntary Tree-Planting throughout the Country.

3.When March 12th Tree-Planting Day is approaching, people usually go outdoors to fulfill a citizens’ obligation of planting trees. 

4. People’s sense of environment protection, harmonious development, social responsibility and rule of law is getting stronger and stronger in the campaign of voluntary tree-planting advocated by the whole country has reached as many as 35 billion.

5. According to the statistics of the UN, there have been 50 countries so far which have set a Tree-Planting Day. Because of the difference of specific situation and geographical position of each country, the name and date of Tree-Planting Day in each country is also different from each other.

Mar 7, 2012

International Women's Day in Google Doodle VIDEO

Google celebrates the International Women's Day with a special Doodle.

Top 5 facts about International Women's Day:

1. International Women's Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on March 8 every year. 

Women's Day 2011

2. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political and social achievements. 

                                                  Women's Day 2009

3. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended in the culture of many countries, primarily Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet bloc. 

4. In many regions, the day lost its political flavour, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and St Valentine's Day. 

The most famous Bulgarian song about the Mother's Day - March 8. 

5. In other regions, however, the original political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.

                                                     Women's Day 2005

Ladies, happy holiday!

Alessandro Manzoni Google Doodle

Google marks the 227th birthday of Alessandro Manzoni:


Top 5 facts about Alessandro Manzoni:

1. Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni was born on 7 March 1785.

2. He was an Italian poet and novelist. 

3. His most famous novel is The Betrothed (orig.Italian: I Promessi Sposi) (1827), generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature. The novel is also a symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, both for its patriotic message[2] and because it was a fundamental milestone in the development of the modern, unified Italian language.

4. A famous quote: 
"What comes after is not always progress".

5. He died on 22 May 1873.

Mar 6, 2012

Google Doodle about the Independence Day of Ghana

Google marks the Independence Day of Ghana:

1. Ghana was adopted as the legal name for the Gold Coast combined with British Togoland upon gaining autonomy in 1957.

2. After further negotiations with Britain, on 6 March 1957 at 12 a.m. Nkrumah declared Ghana "free forever".

3. The word Ghana means Warrior King and was the title accorded to the kings of the medieval West African Ghana Empire.

4. Geographically, the Ghana Empire was approximately 500 miles (800 km) north and west of modern Ghana, and it ruled territories in the area of the Sénégal River and east towards the Niger River, in modern Senegal, Mauritania and Mali.

5. Motto: "Freedom and Justice".

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Heitor Villa-Lobos Google Doodle

Google celebrated the 125th birthday of Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Top 5 facts about Heitor Villa-Lobos:

1. Heitor Villa-Lobos was born on March 5, 1887.

2. He was a Brazilian composer, described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music".

3. Villa-Lobos has become the best-known and most significant Latin American composer to date. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified by his Bachianas Brasileiras ("Brazilian Bachian-pieces").

4. He wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works. 

5. Heitor Villa-Lobos died on November 17, 1959.

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Mar 5, 2012

Girl's Day Google Doodle

Top 5 facts about the Girl's day:

1. The Japanese Girls' Day is known also as Doll Festival.

2. It is held on March 3. 

3. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls

4. The dolls represente the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.

5. The song is sung as a celebration of the festival. Its lyrics are as follows:

Akari wo tsukemasho bonbori ni
Ohana wo agemasho momo no hana
Gonin-bayashi no fue taiko
Kyō wa tanoshii hinamatsuri

Let's light the lanterns
Let's put peach flowers
Five court musicians are playing flutes and drums
Today is a joyful Doll's Festival

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Mar 3, 2012

Google Doodle about the Liberation of Bulgaria

Google celebrates the Liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman Empire.

Top 5 facts about the Liberation of Bulgaria:

1. March 3rd is the Liberation day of Bulgaria. It is a National holiday. 

2.  Bulgaria celebrates its liberation from almost 500 years of Ottoman rule under the Treaty of San Stefano of 3 March 1878.

Bulgaria’s nationhood was established back in the early 7th century (A.D.) when the first Bulgarian Empire began at around 632 and 681 A.D lasting until 1018 covering most of the Balkans, a geopolitical region in Southern Europe. Bulgarians had their own government, and distinct culture, education, literature, arts, religion and economic way of life before the Turks came in. The Slavic people consider Bulgaria as the centre of European culture and arts before the Ottoman Empire colonized the region.
The Ottoman Empire occupied Bulgaria from the latter half of the 14th century (or 15th century in some literature) until the end of Russo-Turkish War in 1877-1878 taking advantage of the decline in power of the Second Bulgarian Empire between 1185 and 1396/1422. Right after the Russo-Turkish War, Bulgaria saw the opportunity to re-establish its Third Bulgarian Empire and founded a new era of constitutional monarchy in 1878 as supported by the Treaty of San Stefano.

3. The Treaty of San Stefano ended the Russo-Turkish War in 1877 and paved the way for the liberation of Bulgaria and once again establishes itself as a nation and successfully put the country back on the world map.
4. In the same year, at Berlin congress, Treaty of Berlin (1878) was adopted, according to which, the territories of the Bulgarian state, created as of San Stefano's treaty were divided into three parts: the first part was the Principality of Bulgaria which functioned independently but nominally within the Ottoman Empire, this was limited to Moesia and neighbouring areas of the capital Sofia; the second part created was to be an autonomous province of the Ottoman Empire - Eastern Rumelia; the third and the largest part - Macedonia and Lozengrad were given back to the Ottoman Empire, also some outlands were given to Serbia and Romania. The seized territories from Bulgaria after Berlin congress - most of Macedonia, Thrace, etc. were with an ethnic Bulgarian majority. On September 6, 1885, Eastern Rumelia became part of Princiapality of Bulgaria after a bloodless unification, though still de jure within the Ottoman Empire.

5. The third Bulgarian state gained full sovereignty from the Ottoman Empire on 22 September 1908 when declaring independence.

Other Google Doodles about Bulgaria:

Google Doodle with Bulgarian Alphabet

Google Doodle Marenitza - symbol of health and happiness

Today Bulgaria is a parliamentary republic in Southeastern Europe.Bulgaria is a member of the European UnionNATO, the Council of Europe, a founding state of the OSCE. The population of 7.36 million people is predominantly urban.

Mar 2, 2012

Marcela Paz Google Doodle

Top 5 facts about Marcela Paz:

1. She was born on February 28, 1902 in Santiago, Chile.

2. Marcela Paz was the pen name of Esther Huneeus Salas de Claro, a Chilean writer.

3. In 1947 Paz published the first book with her most famous character, Papelucho. Papelucho became a companion and an inspiration to generations of children and perhaps one of Chile's most well known humanized characters of the twentieth century. 

4. In 1968 she received a Hans Christian Andersen honour diploma. In 1979 she received the gold medal from the Instituto Cultural de Providencia. In 1982, she was awarded with the Premio Nacional de Literatura de Chile.

5. She died on June 12, 1985.

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St. David's Day Google Doodle

Top 5 facts about St. David's Day:

1. Saint David's Day is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales.

2. It  falls on the 1st of March each year. 

3. The first day of March was chosen in remembrance of the death of Saint David. 

4. Tradition holds that he died on that day in 589. 

5. The date was declared a national day of celebration within Wales in the 18th century.

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Benito Quinquela Martín Google Doodle

Google celebrated the 122the Birthday of Benito Quinquela Martín:

Top 5 facts about Benito Quinquela Martín:

1. Benito Quinquela Martín was born on March 1, 1890 in La BocaBuenos Aires

2. He was an Argentine painter.

3. Quinquela Martín is considered the port painter-par-excellence and one of the most popular Argentine painters.

4. His paintings of port scenes show the activity, vigor and roughness of the daily life in the port of La Boca.

5. He died on January 28, 1977.

János Arany Google Doodle

Google marks the 195th birthday of János Arany.

Top 5 facts about János Arany:

1. He was born on March 2, 1817.

2. János Arany was a Hungarian journalist, writer, poet, and translator. 

3. He is often said to be the "Shakespeare of ballads" – he wrote more than 40 ballads which have been translated into over 50 languages. 

4. The Toldi trilogy is his most famous works.

5. He died on October 22, 1882.

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Mar 1, 2012

Biblioteca Nacional de España Google Doodle

Google marks the 300th anniversary of Biblioteca Nacional de España.

1. The Biblioteca Nacional de España (National Library of Spain) is a major public library, the largest in Spain. 
2. It is located in Madrid, on the Paseo de Recoletos.
3. The library was founded by King Philip V in 1712 as the Palace Public Library (Biblioteca Pública de Palacio).
4. Size: 
26,000,000 items including 15,000,000 books and other printed materials, 30,000 manuscripts, 143,000 newspapers and serials, 4,500,000 graphic materials, 510,000 music scores, etc
5. Members:
 115,707 readers in 2007. The web users in the same year were 1,800,935.

Google Doodle History: Bulgarian Martenitsa (March 1, 2008 and 2011)

Google celebrated in 2008 and 2011 the Bulgarian holiday "Baba Marta" and the symbol "martenitsa" with special Doodles.

Martenitsa is a small piece of adornment, made of white and red yarn and worn from March 1 until around the end of March (or the first time an individual sees a stork, swallow, or budding tree). 

The name of the holiday is Baba Marta. "Baba" is the Bulgarian word for "grandmother" and Mart is the Bulgarian word for the month of March. Baba Marta is a Bulgarian tradition related to welcoming the upcoming spring. 

The month of March, according to Bulgarian folklore, marks the beginning of springtime. Therefore, the first day of March is a traditional holiday associated with sending off winter and welcoming spring.

The red and white woven threads symbolize the wish for good health. They are the heralds of the coming of spring in Bulgaria and life in general. While white as a color symbolizes purity, red is a symbol of life and passion, thus some ethnologists have proposed that, in its very origins, the custom might have reminded people of the constant cycle of life and death, the balance of good and evil, and of the sorrow and happiness in human life.

On the first day of March and for a few days afterwards, Bulgarians exchange and wear white and red tassels or small dolls called Pizho and Penda.

The ritual of finally taking off the martenitsa may be different in different parts of Bulgaria. 

Some people would tie their martenitsa on a branch of a fruit tree, thus giving the tree health and luck, which the person wearing the martenitsa has enjoyed himself while wearing it. Others would put the martenitsa under a stone with the idea that the kind of creature (usually an insect) closest to the token the next day will determine the person's health for the rest of the year. If the creature is a larva or a worm, the coming year will be healthy, and full of success. The same luck is associated with an ant, the difference being that the person will have to work hard to reach success. If the creature near the token is a spider, then the person is in trouble and may not enjoy luck, health, or personal success.

Martenitsi are always given as gifts. People never buy martenitsi for themselves. They are given to loved ones, friends, and those people to whom one feels close. They are worn on clothing, or around the wrist or neck, until the wearer sees a stork or swallow returning from migration, or a blossoming tree, and then removes the Martenitsa and hangs it on a blossoming tree.

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