Many US users may have noticed Google traded out its usual logo midday today for an animated Doodle of a snow globe to mark the Northern Hemisphere’s Winter Solstice — the official start of winter and shortest day of the year.
The doodle links to a search for “Winter Solstice” that includes a quick answer listing December 22, 2015, as the official date of Winter Solstice.
In addition to the US Google home page, the Doodle has also been posted on Google home pages in Europe, Canada, Iceland, Kazakhstan and Japan.
Here is the animated version of today’s Doodle:
A number of Google’s international users first saw the animated Winter Solstice Doodle yesterday when it posted on home pages for the countries shown in blue on this map:
With Christmas just days away, Google has already shared the first of its holiday Doodles on the Google Doodle Blog.
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