As India celebrates its 69th Republic Day, Google also wants to join the party in its own signature style. The search giant is marking India’s Republic Day with a special Google Doodle on its homepage. The doodle, released at midnight, is a rather colorful one depicting the most important part of the celebration – parade.
In 1950, India’s constitution replaced Government of India Act established under the British Raj in 1935 as the governing document. Today, the nation celebrates its 69th year as a republic. The celebration will be marked with grand parade in the Rajpath, New Delhi and other parts of the country.
Google says the geometrical shapes in the background of the doodle are inspired by the vibrant colors and patterns of traditional handloom draperies from different states. The doodle also shows a man blowing the Sringa, an old musical instrument while Kathputli is also used to narrate folk tales. Other unique elements in today’s doodle includes the foreground elements that symbolize the crafts, music and traditional practices from across the country and bihu dance form from Assam.
There is also an elephant, a key figure most Indian festivities while the outline and motifs of the doodle act as tribute to Mughal architecture. Google has also posted early drafts of the doodle, which show how the final doodle came to be. It is an interesting one to say the least.
This year’s Republic Day is being made significant by the presence of the heads of 10 ASEAN nations. The parade in the capital will see participants from the Indian Army, the Navy and the Air Force along with artists and performers from around the country. The President and state Governors will receive the military salutes during the Republic Day parade while Indian Air Force will carry out a ‘fly past’ to conclude the parade in the capital.