Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
The present Doodle, shown by Dublin-based guest artist Arron Croasdell, honors a beloved Irish holiday celebrated around the world: St. Patrick’s Day.
The present Doodle work of art features symbols that represent Ireland’s diverse geography, architecture, and history. The first icon signifies the country’s verdant mountains, forests, and coastal lighthouses, a significant number of which stand close to popular walking and swimming sites.
The imagery in the first “o” is a nod to the hands and heart of the legendary Claddagh ring, an symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. The second “o” fuses a vase holding Irish wildflowers—spring squill and crocuses—just as a three-leafed clover, a iconic state emblem of Ireland that represents faith, expectation, and love.
A portrayal of the various rivers that run through numerous Irish towns and urban cities replaces the “g” as the “l” stands for Ireland’s natural woodlands, quite a bit of which are being restored thanks to new state reforestation initiatives. At long last, the “e” is supplanted by a Celtic knot, a symbol of Irish hope in the infinite interconnectedness of humanity.