It was more than a decade and a half ago that the founding fathers of Google came up with the first doodle. They have been steadily churning out many interesting doodles since then. Most of them follow the pattern set by the letters of the word “Google”. And the energy levels of the team are not flagging.
About a dozen people consisting of mainly artists and a few engineers work fulltime on this unique and cute feature of Google. Reserved for special occasions, Google doodles have commemorated everything from the 4th of July to the LGBT community. They are fun-filled insignias that allow a number of online games and activities to be partaken in. Sometimes they end up being not so politically correct though.
This is not so for Valentine’s Day which celebrates love in all its millions of guises. The doodle this year has taken some feedback from Ira Glass. A box of chocolates is created from scratch on the screen via manual manipulation.
The person who wants to send the virtual chocolates to his or her loved one gets to mix the ingredients. They comprise dark, white and milk chocolate. Then there are other eatables which can be added to the mixture. The whole process is highly enjoyable.
Valentine’s Day is in remembrance of Saint Valentine who was a Christian ascetic. He performed warriors’ marriages in secret after the cruel Roman emperor of the time forbade them for his soldiers. Saint Valentine was beheaded by the Roman authorities.
Later on when the Christian Church came to power it declared him a martyr. Since then people have been observing this day of tenderness and heartfelt longing.