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 Rüger below, which shows the animation of both: