First Day of Winter 2013 Celebrated With Google (21 Days Late In Australia)

    June 21, 2013
    Chris Crum
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It’s the first day of winter in some parts of the world, and Google is showing a doodle where appropriate. Well, almost.

Google is showing this doodle in Brazil, Australia, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Paraguay, New Zealand, Bolivia and Argentina. In Australia, however, it’s actually not the first day of winter. That was June 1st, as a number of people have pointed out.

There’s a very slight chance that Google made a mistake in Australia, and got this wrong, but it seems pretty highly unlikely that the company that serves as the gateway to “knowledge” on the Internet for many users, would commit such a blatant error. Rather, Google probably just wanted to wait until it was the first day of winter in more countries to show the doodle at all, and simply included Australia because it happened recently.

Google is also showing a doodle for Summer Solstice 2013 (the first day of summer) in countries where that is today. Here’s a look at that doodle, or you can check out the video from Simon RĂ¼ger below, which shows the animation of both:

  • Dan

    Incorrect Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere begins on the 21st June and in the southern hemisphere where you guys are begins on the very same day the 21st.

    Just because when it’s June 1st doesn’t mean its the first day of spring its still technically spring/autumn until the solstice.

  • k

    I thought winter solstice was the shortest day of the year ie least amount of daylight. Which was 21/06 in Australia. Summer solstice is the longest day. (talking hours of daylight!)

  • http://www.makemycontent.com/ Anisha

    I have seen google celebrating everything, and that really good.

  • A.R.

    Uh, yeah, the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere happens the same day as the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Not sure where the idea of June 1 comes from, unless it’s just a cultural observation — kind of like how people in the USA say Memorial Day is the start of summer, even though it isn’t.

  • Ben

    It’s not even first day of winter in other parts of the world. 22nd of December is the first day.