Day Of The Dead Mexican Holiday Gets Google USA Logo Again

Nov 2, 2017 • 7:43 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Logos
 

Today on the Google home page in the US and some other countries is a special Google logo, Doodle, for the Day of the Dead holiday. It is a day to remember lost family and friends who have passed away.

Wikipedia says the holiday is "celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States." Google had a logo for it last year as well and some previous years also.

Google wrote:

For centuries, the indigenous peoples of Mexico have honored death, viewing it as a part of the cycle of nature, rather than fearing it. Today’s Doodle celebrates El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). On this day, everyday creatures represent those who have passed. Dogs are considered spirit guides, bringing souls to their final resting place, while migrating monarch butterflies are thought to be ancestral spirits come to visit their loved ones.

Present-day celebrations combine two days ⸺ All Saints' Day on November 1 is devoted to los angelitos (“little children”), and All Souls' Day on November 2 is dedicated to adults.

Candlelit altars of ofrendas (offerings) are laid out in cemeteries to honor loved ones. Sugar skulls, copal incense, vivid marigold flowers, photographs, and sweet pan de muerto are placed to help the dead find their way into the world of the living. This holiday serves as a tremendous source of comfort and community to its observers.

Doodle by Lydia Nichols

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