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Ca Trù's Founder Commemoration Day 2020

22.02.2020 19:07  Date: February 23, 2020 Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Ho Chi Minh City-based guest artist , celebrates Ca Trù’s Founders Commemoration Day, a time to honor the genre widely considered to be Vietnam’s most revered traditional form of music. A style that fits somewhere in between the geisha ceremonies of Japan and the dramatic performances of opera, Ca trù’s unique sound has roots that stretch back to the 11th century. First gaining popularity as entertainment for the aristocracy of Vietnam’s royal palaces, it later made its way into the inns and communal spaces of what is now modern-day Hanoi. The ensemble is composed of at least three performers, including one female singing intricate poetry while tapping a phach , two musicians playing traditional instruments, and occasionally dancers. Ca trù is now found in cities across Vietnam. Performed in designated Ca trù clubs and at annual festivals, the genre has seen a recent revival due to a concentrated effort from state-run organizations and international agencies. Preservation of Ca trù is elusive due in part to it being a strictly oral tradition that is passed down only through one elite practitioner to the next generation after years of committed study. Taking into account the precious nature of an invaluable historical relic and the difficulty of its safeguarding, UNESCO is dedicated to protecting the practice and inscribed Ca trù on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. Guest Artist Q&A with Xuan Le Today’s Doodle was illustrated by Ho Chi Minh City-based guest artist . Below, he shares his thoughts behind the making of this Doodle: Q: Why was this topic meaningful to you personally? A: Nowadays, many types of music have been formed and developed to suit the tastes of a large audience. They reach and disseminate to people faster on the mass media. Therefore, some traditional and contemporary folk music may be gradually forgotten and may fall into an urgent need for conservation. It was great to have the opportunity to convey the picture of Ca trù performers - one of the traditional music genres in my country. It has been around since the 15th century and is preserved to this day. Q: What were your first thoughts when you were approached about the project? A: Working on this Doodle is the exciting opportunity I've been waiting for. This topic is very suitable for me. Q: Did you draw inspiration from anything in particular for this Doodle? A: I watched Ca trù music clips and was inspired by the way they played. I deeply felt the lyrics and the instrument. Q: What message do you hope people take away from your Doodle? A: Ca trù has been included in UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding and is in danger of disappearing in the future. I hope this Doodle will make people curious to learn more and love this art. Early concepts and drafts of the Doodle Location: Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Carnaval de Barranquilla

22.02.2020 06:09  Date: February 22, 2020 In honor of Colombia’s Carnaval de Barranquilla, today’s Doodle features some of the colorful costumes and masks on display during this annual celebration of cultural heritage stemming from indigenous, African, and European traditions. Across four days, over a million people will visit Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast to watch floats, dance in the streets, and maybe take part by wearing a “Marimonda” mask as seen in the Doodle artwork. The modern Carnaval de Barranquilla is over 100 years old and reflects the legacy of blended cultures that have shaped the city since its establishment nearly 400 years ago. At its core, festivities derive from folk traditions that demonstrate what many consider to be the definition of what it means to be Colombian. Some of the most significant events during the four days are the Batalla de Flores , the Gran parada de Tradición y Folclore , and the Gran parada de Comparsas . In recognition of the festival’s traditions, UNESCO honored the Carnaval de Barranquilla by naming it a World Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2013. Enjoy the colorful sights and local music like Cumbia coming from the many loudspeakers and floats! Early concepts of the Doodle Location: , Tags: , , , , , ,

Chespirito's 91st Birthday

21.02.2020 01:31  Date: February 21, 2020 Today’s Doodle celebrates the 91st birthday of the iconic Mexican comedian, entertainer, writer, composer, television director, and producer Chespirito, best known for creating and starring in some of the most beloved television series in Mexican history. Robert Gomez Bolaños was born on this day in 1929 in Mexico City. After studying engineering, he quickly shifted focus to one of his many other passions—writing—and found early success contributing to some of Mexico’s highest-rated television and radio programs. As a testament to his growing reputation and prolific output, he earned the endearing nickname “Chespirito,” or “Little Shakespeare,” which he embraced for the rest of his life. One of Chespirito’s first big breaks came in 1970 when he launched his own self-titled, hour-long comedy sketch show. Stepping in front of the camera, Chespirito brought to life two of his most timeless characters: El Chapulín Colorado , a satirical superhero, and El Chavo del Ocho , a quirky 8-year old orphan, both of which went on to earn their own shows. For more than 40 years, Chespirito masterminded the creation of hundreds of episodes of television, in addition to movies and plays, capturing the hearts of millions with his signature style of clean and hopeful humor. His legacy lives on in the series’ reruns, which have been translated into over 50 languages and continue to run on television networks globally to this day. Gracias for all the laughs, Chespirito—your infectious smile brings joy to families around the world! Doodler Q&A Helene Leroux Today’s Doodle was created by Doodler Helene Leroux. Below, she shares some thoughts on the making of the Doodle: Q: What was your creative approach for this Doodle? Why did you choose this approach? A: A few years ago, we created a Doodle for the TV show , so this particular Doodle was really meant to emphasize the actor himself. Our local marketing partner, José Carlos, was a great help in creating this Doodle and providing local guidance. I also did research on some poses that Chespirito would often do and thought it would make sense to make him pop out of the TV and smile at the audience to reflect his well-loved personality. Q: Are there any technical tricks you used to create this Doodle that you can share with young artists? A: Most of my work is done in Photoshop; I love how it really allows you to play with different brushes and layers, as with this Doodle. Q: What do you hope people will take away from this Doodle? A: I hope that it brings back nostalgia and will make people want to watch Chespirito’s shows and movies again! Early concepts and drafts of the Doodle Location: , , , , , , , , , Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Jaan Kross’ 100th Birthday

18.02.2020 20:00  Date: February 19, 2020 "Kross introduced new themes to our poetry of galaxies, electrons, Milton, Homer .” —Estonian writer Jaan Kaplinski on Kross Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Tallinn, Estonia-based guest artist , celebrates Estonian poet and writer Jaan Kross on what would have been his 100th birthday. Widely considered one of the nation’s most internationally recognized and translated writers, his work was critical in illuminating the realities of Soviet occupation in Eastern Europe. Born in the capital city of Tallinn on this day in 1920, Kross studied at the distinguished Tartu University and eventually became an assistant professor of international law. In 1946, like many of his intellectual compatriots, Kross unexpectedly caught the attention of Soviet security forces and was sent to Siberia. Throughout this eight-year exile, Kross wrote numerous poems and translated published pieces, sowing the seeds for his later success. In the 1970s, Kross began to write historical fiction to mask his political criticism. “Kolme katku vahel” and “Keisri hull” are often considered his masterworks, with the latter selling over 30,000 copies. These novels highlight themes of censorship and state-led repression and served to foster a sense of solidarity among Europe’s Soviet Bloc writers. In 1990, Kross won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, France’s foreign book award, for “Keisri hull,” as well as the Amnesty International Golden Flame Prize. In 1992, Kross helped draft Estonia’s new constitution following their independence from the Soviet Union. Palju õnne sünnipäevaks, Jaan Kross! Guest Artist Q&A with Mirjam Laater Today’s Doodle was illustrated by Tallinn, Estonia-based guest artist, . Below, she shares her thoughts behind the making of this Doodle: Q: Why was this topic meaningful to you personally? A: I remember first reading “The Czar's Madman” by Kross in my early adolescence and the impression it left on me. It was one of those stories that stayed with you, even if the details began to fade over time. It takes a rare talent to recreate a character in a way that makes them feel not so much a part of history as someone relatable yet unique, whose life experience adds a point of reference to your own. I have immense respect for Kross for being able to do that. Q: What were your first thoughts when you were approached about the project? A: Being a fan of Doodles, I was naturally excited to join the ranks of so much talent. Given how most of my work these days is directed at international audiences, being able to create this Doodle about someone so celebrated in my own country makes it all the more personal. Q: Did you draw inspiration from anything in particular for this Doodle? A: I was already familiar with Kross' writing, so I focused my research on the author himself, to better understand his nature, how and why he wrote the way he did. I was struck by the contrast of his life story on paper—the post-war years, being an intellectual in a time of censorship, and the surprising charm and playfulness evident from his photos and interviews. It seemed to me that writing itself was a form of freedom for him, a way of understanding life and its choices. I wanted to capture that joy and dedication, a life among books. Q: What message do you hope people take away from your Doodle? A: I hope people will be reminded to take up some of Kross' books, perhaps revisit some old favorites. Be inspired by life with all its choices, create their own narratives. Early concept sketch and draft of the Doodle Location: , , , , , , , Tags:

Lithuania Independence Day 2020

15.02.2020 23:39  Date: February 16, 2020 Today’s Doodle celebrates the 102nd anniversary of the signing of the Act of Independence by the Council of Lithuania. The holiday is also known as Restoration of the State Day, as the document reestablished the nation’s sovereignty. Located on the eastern edge of the Baltic Sea, Lithuania was founded in the 13th century, and its native tongue is the closest living language to ancient Sanskrit. As the Russian Empire collapsed in 1917, Germany invited Lithuania to join them in a new partnership. Instead, on this day in 1918, the newly-formed Council of Lithuania chose autonomy. Independence Day festivities are celebrated from the capital city Vilnius in the east, to the shores of the Baltic Sea in the west, and everywhere in between. Another common sighting is the yellow, green, and red flag, as depicted in the Doodle artwork. Visitors can enjoy concerts, and local delicacies such as cepelinai potato dumplings, or traditional šakotis pastries which famously resemble pine trees. Happy Lietuvos valstybės atkūrimo diena! Location: Tags: , , , ,

Susan B. Anthony’s 200th Birthday

15.02.2020 06:01  Date: February 15, 2020 “Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” –Susan B. Anthony, The Revolution Today’s Doodle celebrates the 200th birthday of social reformer Susan B. Anthony, and 2020 also happens to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.. Anthony fought tirelessly for decades to earn women the right to vote in the U.S and is recognized as one of the nation’s most important figures of the women’s suffrage movement. Susan Brownell Anthony was born on this day in 1820 in western Massachusetts, U.S. As a child, she was inspired by the idea that all people were born equal regardless of their race or gender. An introduction through her father to prominent abolitionists like Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison first ignited her passion for social change. In 1851, Anthony met reformer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, beginning a 50-year partnership focused on women’s rights advocacy. On November 5th, 1872, Anthony walked into a voting station in Rochester, New York and cast a vote in the presidential election, defying the law at the time, which denied women the right to vote. Two weeks later, she was fined $100 , drawing national attention to the cause. She refused to pay the fine, proclaiming, “I shall never pay a dollar of your unjust penalty.” Anthony remained an active leader of the women’s suffrage movement for decades, including serving as president of the largest suffrage association in the U.S. and speaking to crowds across the country to lobby for change. In 1920, nearly 50 years after Anthony first cast her ballot, women in America were finally granted the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Though this amendment did not include women of color, the franchise was extended through the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The U.S. Treasury Department honored Anthony’s legacy in 1979 by placing her image on the dollar coin, making her the first woman in history to be depicted on U.S. currency. Discover more about the pioneering activist, Susan B. Anthony on . Explore some of the iconic moments that helped shape the women’s suffrage movement, 100 years on from the passing of the 19th Amendment. Early concepts and sketches of the Doodle Location: , Tags: , , , , , , ,

Serbia National Day 2020

15.02.2020 00:40  Date: February 15, 2020 Today’s Doodle commemorates Serbia's National Day, also known as Statehood Day. It marks the 106th anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising, which led to the adoption of the modern Serbian Constitution on this day in 1835. National Day is celebrated with memorial services, speeches by national dignitaries, and the proud display of the Serbian flag. The tricolor flag, depicted in the Doodle artwork, was established in 1882 and features the Serbian royal coat of arms that bears a shield overlaid on a double-headed eagle. The shield has a "C" in each corner, which is widely interpreted as the country’s solidarity and the phrase “Samo sloga Srbina spašava,” roughly translating to: “Only unity will save the Serbs.” In observance of the two-day holiday festivities, families get together to honor their national heritage, perhaps to enjoy traditional Serbian foods such as sarma or yummy burek . Happy dan državnosti Srbije! Location: Tags: , ,

Irena Sendlerowa's 110th Birthday

15.02.2020 00:40  Date: February 15, 2020 Today’s Doodle celebrates the life of Polish social worker Irena Sendlerowa on her 110th birthday. This courageous humanitarian is credited for saving the lives of Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She proved to be an excellent strategist and became a symbol of courage and justice by organising the help of those in need, regardless of nationality or religion. Irena Sendlerowa was born on this day in 1910 just outside the Polish capital of Warsaw. From her father’s work treating tuberculosis patients, Sendlerowa learned at an early age that one should always help those in need—no matter their race, religion, or financial status. Sendlerowa put those principles into practice, becoming a social worker with the Warsaw City Council in 1939. As World War II progressed, her position gave her unusual access to the Warsaw Ghetto, and she became determined to help save as many Jewish people as possible. Using ambulances, underground tunnels, and fake identities, Sendlerowa and her colleagues from a secret organisation called Żegota risked their lives to sneak hundreds of children to safety. As shown in the Doodle artwork, written records of the children and their families were buried in the jar under the apple tree, in hopes that the families could be reunited at the end of the war. Poland honored Sendlerowa’s selflessness in 2003, awarding her the Order of the White Eagle, and in 2008, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Dziękuję, Irena Sendlerowa, for your bravery in saving the lives of many. Explore the life of Irena Sendlerowa on . Follow her journey as a humanitarian, social worker, and nurse serving in the Polish Underground during World War II in German-occupied Warsaw. Doodler Q&A Lydia Nichols Today’s Doodle was created by Doodler Lydia Nichols. Below, she shares some thoughts on the making of the Doodle: Q: When did you first learn about Irena Sendlerowa? Is there anything about her story that resonated with you? A: I first learned of Irena Sendlerowa while researching this Doodle, dismayed that I hadn't heard of her remarkable story sooner. Her moral fortitude is a timely reminder of how important it is to stand up for and with others in the face of persecution. Q: What was your creative approach for this Doodle? Why did you choose this approach? A: While I wanted the Doodle to reflect the seriousness of the war, I also wanted it to echo the hope and perseverance Sendlerowa displayed in her actions. When I learned that she would record the names of the children she smuggled out of the ghetto and bury them in a jar below an apple tree in her yard, I immediately thought the tree would serve as a hopeful symbol of life. Q: Did you draw inspiration from anything in particular for this Doodle? A: All inspiration came from Sendlerowa's story. Q: Are there any technical tricks you used to create this Doodle that you can share with young artists? A: The Doodle uses a limited palette of five colors that are overlaid and employed at varying opacities for visual richness. Q: What do you hope people will take away from this Doodle? A: I hope people are inspired by Sendlerowa to stand up for what is right, especially when doing so is difficult. We should all work to see and celebrate our common humanity and not let toxic ideas divide us. Early concepts and draft of the Doodle Location: Tags: , , , , ,

Nise da Silveira's 115th Birthday

14.02.2020 19:01  Date: February 15, 2020 “To navigate against the current, these rare qualities are needed: a spirit of adventure, courage, perseverance, and passion.” —Nise da Silveira Today’s Doodle celebrates visionary Brazilian psychiatrist Nise da Silveira on her 115th birthday. One of the few women in medicine in her time, she boldly challenged established psychiatric practices, pioneering a more humane approach to patient care. Born on this day in 1905, in the northeastern city of Maceió, da Silveira completed her medical degree in 1926 at just 21 years old, as the only woman in her class. When she began work at a national psychiatric center in 1933, she was discouraged by the harsh medical procedures that doctors were relying upon to treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. Bravely challenging the status quo, da Silveira instead began to study and advocate for more compassionate rehabilitative treatments. She developed art workshops for patients to express the inner workings of their minds through painting and sculpting, and she later became one of the first to incorporate animals into her practice as “co-therapists.” Da Silveira’s new approach proved highly successful in her patients’ rehabilitation, paving the way for an entirely new way of thinking about psychiatric care. Da Silveira’s Museu de Imagens do Inconsciente remains open to this day, maintaining a collection of over 350,000 pieces of patient-created artwork. Her work has inspired countless others, leading to the establishment of therapeutic institutions both in Brazil and around the world. Early draft by artist Kevin Laughlin Location: , , , , , Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Valentine's Day 2020

13.02.2020 13:09  Date: February 14, 2020 Today, no matter where you are in the universe today, love is in the air! Whether your loved ones are lightyears away, or nearby, we hope no amount of space gets in the way of letting them know you're over the moon for them. Wishing all a stellar Valentine’s Day! Send a Valentine’s GIF to let someone know they're out of this world! Search for #GoogleDoodle in Gboard, GIF Keyboard, or your favorite . Location: Tags:

Ireland General Elections 2020

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Lantern Festival 2020

07.02.2020 12:39  Date: February 8, 2020 On the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, today’s Doodle celebrates the Taiwan Lantern Festival 2020. Festivities steeped in local traditions illuminate Taiwan as people shine a light on their wishes for good luck and prosperity in the new year. In 1990, Taiwan incorporated millennia-old Lantern Festival traditions with the native Pingxi Sky Lantern and Yanshui Fireworks Festivals, creating one of the most popular events in the nation. The annual customs are characterized by fireworks in the south and sky lanterns in the north. Throughout the capital of Taipei, festival-goers can expect to see beautiful lanterns of all sizes, from small ones for children to a towering paper structure at the heart of the celebrations. 元宵節快樂! Early concepts and draft of the Doodle Location: , , , , , , , , , , Tags: , , ,

Celebrating Else Lasker-Schüler

06.02.2020 18:37  Date: February 7, 2020 Today’s Doodle, illustrated by Frankfurt-based guest artist , celebrates Jewish German poet and artist Else Lasker-Schüler, widely considered one of the greatest lyricists to write in the German language. On this day in 1937, a Swiss newspaper published her famous poem “Mein blaues Klavier” , which is referenced in today’s Doodle artwork by the piano keys depicted on the camel’s back, alongside other symbols of Lasker-Schüler’s life and work. Born in the western German town of Elberfeld on February 11th, 1869, Elisabeth Schüler was raised in a prominent Jewish family. Homeschooled by her mother, she was encouraged to experiment and explore her artistic interests, and in time, she began to develop her voice as a poet. In 1894, Schüler married Jonathan Lasker and moved to Berlin, where she later published her first poems. She became a well-known fixture in Berlin’s artistic circles, rubbing elbows in cafes with some of the city’s top literary figures. Bringing her vivid work to life, the eccentric Lasker-Schüler could be found dressed in flamboyant robes, assuming the alter ego of one of her vibrant characters, “Jusuf, Prince of Thebes,” depicted in today’s artwork. A prolific poet, Lasker-Schüler established herself as a leading German Expressionist voice and a major feature in the iconic Berlin literary journal Der Sturm , her verses frequently exploring themes of fantasy, loneliness, romance, and religion. Ironically, this master of the German language was forced to flee her home country in the leadup to World War II, eventually settling in Jerusalem. In recognition of her impact, in 1932 Lasker-Schüler received the Kleist Prize, widely considered the highest German literary honor at the time. Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Else! Early concept sketch of the Doodle Location: , , , , , , , , , , Tags: , , , , , ,

María Teresa Vera's 125th Birthday

06.02.2020 05:36  Date: February 6, 2020 Today’s Doodle honors the life and work of Cuban singer and guitarist María Teresa Vera, who also composed the nation’s rural folk song style, trova. Known as the Grande Dame of Cuban Music, she is widely regarded as one of the country’s most influential musicians. Born on this day in 1895 in Guanajay, Cuba, Vera picked up the guitar at a young age after becoming a part of a bohemian community of trova musicians. Known as “troubadours,” the wandering street entertainers taught Vera how to compose trova songs and perform the genre’s poetic lyrical vocals together with the guitar. In 1911, Vera performed her first concert in Havana‘s Politeama Grande theater. One of the first female voices of trova, Vera formed several successful duos and bands to perform original compositions along with her interpretations of other Cuban styles. Some of her songs became regular features on Havana’s radio stations, and her music helped to clear the path for the rise of popular Cuban music around the world in the 1930s and 40s. Throughout her career, she recorded close to two hundred songs, but those close to her say she could play more than a thousand. Her lifetime accomplishments in music have a lasting impact and inspired a tribute album, “A María Teresa Vera” , a collection of songs recorded to celebrate her 100th birthday. Doodler Q&A Erich Nagler Today’s Doodle was created by Doodler Erich Nagler. Below, he shares some thoughts on the making of the Doodle: Q: When did you first learn about María Teresa Vera? What aspect of her story resonated with you most? A: I first discovered more contemporary Cuban musicians like the folks from the Buena Vista Social Club. Later, I worked my way backward to find Vera, whose music influenced so many Cuban singers and songwriters who came after her. I was interested to discover that she was a ‘trova’ musician, or “trovador,” who traveled around Cuba playing her compositions and other popular songs. These traveling musicians helped to spread stories, styles, songs, and ideas throughout the tropical island nation and also around the world. Q: What was your creative approach for this Doodle? Why did you choose this approach? A: I was influenced by classic pre-modern graphics from Cuban posters and packaging design. These florid images capture and celebrate the island’s distinct culture and natural riches. With the colors and details, I tried to pay homage to María Teresa Vera as well as to Cuba, which her music so beautifully evokes. Q: Did you draw inspiration from anything in particular for this Doodle? A: I was lucky enough to travel around Cuba a few years ago. I was looking back at my travel photos and also drawing from my memory of that magnificent place. I enjoyed drawing the Malecón from Havana on the left where I spent some beautiful evenings, and also a more natural coastline , evocative of the shores I saw along the south of the island. Q: Are there any technical tricks you used to create this Doodle that you can share with young artists? A: Hands and guitars are hard to draw! Flowers are much more forgiving. I started by looking at a lot of reference images of Cuban graphics from the early 20th century when María Teresa Vera was in her artistic prime. I then started drawing some very small pencil sketches of what the overall composition might look like before working on a larger pencil drawing in my sketchpad. Lastly, I scanned the drawing into the computer and painted it digitally, like a coloring book. Q: What do you hope people will take away from this Doodle? A: I hope that people appreciate the beauty of Cuba and its culture. In particular, I hope they appreciate the island’s rich and varied musical traditions, of which María Teresa Vera played an integral and beautiful part. Early concepts and sketches of the Doodle Location: , , Tags: , , , ,

Waitangi Day 2020

05.02.2020 14:03  Date: February 6, 2020 Today’s Doodle celebrates New Zealand’s Waitangi Day, a recognition of the signing of the nation’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, on this day in 1840. To commemorate the country’s rich collection of bird fauna, the artwork depicts three of the nation’s endemic birds: the iconic flightless Kiwi in the centre, with the Tūī and the Kererū on either side. The islands of New Zealand are home to around 168 different native birds, and over half of these species cannot be found anywhere else in the world. With the Tūī, prized by the Māori people for their imitation skills using its two voice boxes, the Kererū and the Kiwi New Zealand’s avian community has developed unique characteristics from evolving on the isolated South Pacific island. Look up into the sky, or down to the ground, and enjoy these wonders of biodiversity. Happy Waitangi Day, New Zealand! Early concepts by artist Alyssa Winans Location: Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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