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Google celebrates spring and New Year Persian festival Nowruz with animated sketch doodle
In some countries, on its home page, internet search engine giant Google had put up an animated doodle to celebrate spring and New Year Persian festival of Nowruz on March 21.

The doodle shows the logo in white with letter 'l' replaced by bunch of flowers. The colourful doodle depicting plants, leaves and flowers create the background for animated bee, bug and swaying flowers.

Describing the doodle, Google writes on its blog, "A buzzing bee and a big-eyed bug greet each other in a forest of fresh green leaves and blooming flowers. Spring has officially arrived."

"In a tradition dating back 3000 years, the exact moment that the sun crosses the equator marks the start of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. After weeks of spring cleaning, families come together to feast and wish each other good luck for the dawning new year," states the blog as a citation for the festival.

It adds, "While music and sports are a key part of the week-long festivities in Azerbaijan, our friends in Uzbekistan enjoy a traditional meal of 'sumalyak', signifying life, abundance and warmth.

In Kyrgyzstan, everyone turns out for public concerts as the air hums with the joyful rhythm of the traditional 'komuz'. And in Iran, people look for the closest source of fresh flowing water to set afloat a sabzeh (fresh grass or sprouts), thus bidding farewell to the old and ushering in the new."

The citation concludes by wishes from Google as: Happy Nowruz!

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