Happy St David’s Day! Google marks Dydd Gŵyl Dewi with beautiful Welsh Doodle
Google has marked St David’s Day with a doodle packed full of Welsh culture, from a traditional Welsh instrument to a spring field of daffodils.
Created by Swedish illustrator Sander Berg, the St David’s Day Doodle riffs on Wales’ association with music and song. The heart of the Doodle is a woman playing a Welsh Triple Harp against a backdrop of mountains. But look closer and you’ll see the picture is littered with Welsh references.
St David’s Day
The woman in the St David’s Day picture wears historic Welsh dress, and the song she plays is from the Welsh national anthem. The plants on the ground are daffodils (also known as Cenhinen Pedr/St. Peter’s Leek). That mountain in the background is none other than Mt. Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales.
In a blogpost on the Doodle, Google notes that Wales has a rich heritage of music: “The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, and a myriad of Welsh Male Voice Choirs. Eisteddfod, an eight-day festival of literature, music, and performance, is a common way for Welsh communities around the world to honor their patron saint and celebrate their musical heritage.”
St David’s Day celebrates the patron saint of Wales, with many celebrations across the country making a song and dance – often literally – about Welsh culture. Wearing daffodils or leeks; symbols of Wales and St David, is customary, as is eating Welsh food, such as Welsh rarebit.
Previous Google Doodles have included celebrations of hip-hop history, and a miniature coding course. While today’s Google’s doodle includes the Welsh national anthem, it is not interactive. You can listen to it below, sung by the national rugby team before they beat England in 2013. Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!