Google celebrates St David’s Day with a dragon lovespoon doodle
Google`s iconic logo gets the annual St David`s Day makeover today marking the national celebration of the Welsh patron Saint.
The ‘Google Doodle’ is the latest in a long line of designs celebrating Dydd Gŵyl Dewi on the search engines website dating back to 2004.
The doodle of a traditional Welsh lovespoon, created by Welsh artist Matt Jones. He said:
“There’s nothing quite like the lovespoons in any other country.
“I think it’s something worth teaching non-Welsh about. The lovespoons historically are a chance for the wood carver to show off, so I wanted to make a doodle with similar panache.”
The lovespoon is a traditional craft that dates back to the seventeenth century.
Over generations, decorative carvings were added to the spoon and it lost its original practical use and became a treasured decorative item to be hung on a wall.
The earliest known dated lovespoon from Wales, dating from 1667, although the tradition is believed to date back long before that.
The doodle takes pride of place on the Google UK front-page until midnight tonight.
Here’s how Google has celebrated the previous St David’s days over the years.
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