Google is celebrating Confucius’ birthday with a new logo that has the Chinese philosopher standing in place of the “l” in Google’s regular logo. September 28, 551 BC, is traditionally recognized as Confucius’ birthday.
Somewhat oddly, however, the Confucius doodle isn’t showing up on Google.com or on Google France. “We don’t always show every doodle on every domain,” a Google spokesperson tells us. “As you can imagine, it’s sometimes tough to make these decisions but we aim to pick doodles that are most relevant to most users in any given country.” The Confucius doodle can be found on Google’s country-specific search engines in the UK, Germany, Spain, Austria, Russia, Serbia, and elsewhere. It was also shown on Google Australia and Google New Zealand (where it’s already September 29 as I write this).
By the way, if you’re into following Google’s doodles (and we know some of you are), you may want to check out a new site called Doodle Source, which tracks and archives new Google doodles appearing worldwide. Right now the site only has Google’s most recent doodles, but they plan to add all of the company’s logos going back to 1999.