What is Google Doodle?

A Google Doodle is a temporary alteration of the Google logo on its homepage, often to commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and notable historical figures.

Its purpose is to celebrate and bring awareness to special occasions and individuals.

A Doodle can be static illustrations, animations, slideshows, videos, or even interactive games. New Doodles appear regularly, sometimes daily.

This feature has become a beloved part of Google Search, adding a touch of delight and surprise to users’ experience.

The first Doodle was created in 1998 by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to mark their absence at the Burning Man festival. The Doodles started as simple designs and have grown into complex, interactive experiences.

It is worth noting that some Doodles are featured globally, while others are specific to certain regions.

Google Doodles that have celebrated Kenya include:

Kenya’s Independence Day: In 2023 this Doodle featured a Kenyan runner crossing the finish line with the Kenyan flag as the ribbon. It celebrated both Kenya’s 60th anniversary of independence and its renowned athletic prowess.

Eliud Kipchoge’s Marathon World Record: This 2018 Doodle paid tribute to the Kenyan marathoner’s historic feat of breaking the two-hour mark in the Berlin Marathon.

Wangari Maathai’s Birthday: This 2014 Doodle honored the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and environmental activist, known for her work planting trees and promoting sustainable development.

 One can check out Google Doodles website to see current and past Doodles and learn about their stories.


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