New Delhi: Google users from India should be excused if they at the first glance, mistook the International Women's Day doodle to be a Holi doodle. The colourful feel to the Google logo has a Holi feel about it. However the symbol of Venus is the giveaway (in addition to the title text and the link of the image, but we tend to notice them a little later).
This year's simple International Women's Day Google doodle is quite different from what Google put up on 2011, the 100th anniversary of the event, when it posted an interactive Google Map inviting users to join tens of thousands people on bridges all over the world to show support for women's causes.
The colours of the 101st anniversary of International Women's Day doodle are in sync with Google's official logo colours - blue, red, yellow and green. Only the blue is of a purplish tinge. The first 'G' is represented by the symbol of Venus and the second 'o' is a yellow flower. The red dots in place of the first 'o' and the 'e' seem to represent the bindi, a symbol identified with Indian women.
Google has doodled the International Women's Day on four previous occasions. First in 2005, then consecutively after a four-year break, from 2009 to 2011. International Women's Day was first celebrated on March 18, 1911 in four European countries - Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The United Nations began officially supporting and sponsoring the event since 1975, the year that was designated as International Women's Year.
Google's Holi doodles in the past two years raised expectations of a Holi doodle in 2012. The first Holi doodle appeared on the Google home page in 2001.
Surprisingly, the festival of Holi given its colourful nature would make for very interesting doodles, but Google's doodle team haven't yet been able to do justice to the spirit and gaiety of Holi.
According to our count, the 2012 International Women's Day doodle is the 1324th Google doodle since the first ever on for the Burning Man Festival back on August 30, 1998.