Republic Day India: All of Google's Republic Day and Independence Day doodles
January 26, 2013, 8:49 am
Google has since 2003 posted 10 doodles commemorating India's Republic Day and Independence Day. The Republic Day India doodle is the third Republic Day doodle to feature on Google India's home page.
On India's 64th Republic Day, India's national animal the tiger glares at you from Google India's home page and the symbol of the Republic, India Gate, decorates the bottom left corner of Google's Republic Day India doodle. The Google logo appears as stripes on the tiger's body. Lotus, India's national flower, also appears in the jungle-like motif surrounding the tiger.
In 2012 the Google doodle commemorating India's 63rd Republic showed National Bravery Award winning children riding on the backs of decorated elephants, quite like the actual parade on Rajpath, New Delhi. The Google logo appeared in rangoli-style in the background.
In 2010, the India Republic Day Google doodle depicted Republic Day action in the air with fighter aircraft decorating the sky with the Tricolour.
Google has posted more doodles on India's Independence Day than on the Republic Day. India's national bird, the peacock, adorned the Google home page on India's Independence Day in 2012. In the doodle the peacock curved its neck backwards to form the 'G' of the Google logo. The other letters of the Google logo appeared in ornate styling behind the peacock's plume. Google has been commemorating India's Independence Day with a doodle on its home page since 2003.
Most of the Google Independence Day doodles had the Indian national flag as the inspiration. But the 2011 and 2012 doodles used other national symbols in place of the Tricolour. Last year a sketch of Delhi's Red Fort took guard on the Google home page on 15th August.
The 2010 Google India's Independence Day doodle was perhaps the most creative of all the eight India Independence Day doodles. It was the first and only animated India Independence Day doodle and was done in traditional rangoli style. The second 'O' in the Google logo was in the form of a lotus in the Indian flag's colours that started to take shape as the page was loaded.
There was no Google India Independence Day doodle in 2009. In the 2008 doodle, the Indian flag fluttered over the letters 'L' and 'E' in the Google logo.
2007 was the 60th year of Indian Independence and Google highlighted the fact with the text "Celebrating 60 years of Independence" on its doodle where the Indian flag appeared behind the Google logo.
The Google 2006 Indian Independence Day doodle was also with a flag theme, in which the second 'O' of the Google logo was symbolised by the Ashoka Chakra.
There was no Independence Day doodle on Google's India home page in 2004. In 2003 Google posted its first ever doodle to commemorate 15th of August. The doodle was quite similar to the one that Google posted a couple of years later in 2005 and only had the Tricolour fluttering on the letter 'L' of the Google logo that seemed to double up as a flag post.