Google pronounced the start of the Christmas season on Monday with a celebratory doodle highlighting two delightful penguins.
The tech goliath guarantees the Doodle is only the first in an arrangement that will fly up on its landing page in the coming weeks. The doodles will recount the narrative of penguins who fly off to hotter climes to go through the occasions with “warm-climate relatives.”
The Doodle is accessible universally with a couple of exemptions including the UK, Germany, Russia, parts of the Middle East and the vast majority of north Africa.
A series of boxes marked 25, 31 and 1 in another image hint that the follow-up Doodles will appear on some of the standout dates in the Christmas holiday period.
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.