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Google Doodle commemorates the arrival of vernal equinox!

San Francisco : CA : USA | Mar 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM PDT
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Those of you who got a chance to visit Google’s homepage today must have seen a special doodle that is designed by Finnish fashion house Marimekko and it commemorates the first day of the spring season. Google is celebrating the vernal equinox on March 20th. Arrival of spring is usually celebrated on this date in the Northern Hemisphere and those in the Southern hemisphere welcome the fall season.

Keeping in mind both the seasonal changes Marimekko has put together extremely interesting spring- and fall-inspired doodles.

Mika Ihamuotila, president and CEO of Marimekko, talked about it in a statement. He said, "We are thrilled about this creative collaboration that got started when Google Vice President Marissa Mayer visited our textile printing factory in Helsinki” He further added, "Marimekko design is all about understanding the beauty of life just as we encounter it every day – celebrating everyday moments and the special characteristics and nuances of the different seasons. Thus, with the First Day of Spring and Fall doodles, we want to inspire people to free their own creativity and have fun with it – every day and each season."

Marimekko said the doodles incorporate "iconic Marimekko printed textiles" from eight designers: Maija Isola, Kristina Isola, Erja Hirvi, Maija Louekari, Aino-Maija Metsola, Teresa Moorhouse, Jenni Tuominen, and Katsuji Wakisaka.

Those who don’t know much about the vernal equinox can read below about the science behind an equinox.

An equinox occurs twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth's equator. The term equinox can also be used in a broader sense, meaning the date when such a passage happens. The name "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, the night and day have approximately equal length

Some people associate strange rituals with the occurrence with the event. A few people believe the day holds special powers that allow for things like egg balancing and broom standing.

An equinox happens each year at two specific moments in time (rather than two whole days), when there is a location (the subsolar point) on the Earth's equator, where the center of the Sun can be observed to be vertically overhead, occurring around 20 March and 22 September each year.

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harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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