How is Google marking Christmas 2017?
Google are reflecting the Christmas period with a festive series of Doodles, which began on Monday, December 18.Interactive, animated images feature penguins and parrots arranging to spend the big day together.In the first of the cartoon-style designs, displayed on the search engine’s homepage across much of the world, the penguins were seen packing their suitcases for a trip to see their parrot pals.A series of boxes marked 25, 31 and 1 in another image hinted that the follow-up Doodles would appear on some of the standout dates in the Christmas holiday period.Today’s Doodle shows the penguins meeting with their parrot friends and exchanging gifts for the festive day.
Teasing their festive concept, Google said: “The festive season is here and this pair of slippery-footed siblings are excited to spend time with their warm-weather relatives!”Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks to see what kind of fun this feathery family has in store.”
Why is Christmas Day on December 25?
Christmas Day is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but there is actually no official date of the birth recorded in the bible.By the early-to-mid fourth century the Western Christian Church placed Christmas day on December 25.It is thought that date was chosen as it is exactly nine months after the Christians believe Jesus was immaculately conceived, on March 25.December 25 might have also been chosen because the winter solstice and the ancient pagan midwinter festivals called ‘Saturnalia’ and ‘Dies Natalis Solis Invicti’ took place around this date.The solstice, marking the year’s shortest day, meant winter was over and spring was coming to pagans with Romans dedicating the time to the god Saturn.‘Dies Natalis Solis Invicti translates to ‘birthday of the unconquered sun’ and was held on December 25, when the Romans thought winter solstice took place.Early Christians may have given this festival a new meaning and adopted it to be the birth of Christ.