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Google Doodle celebrates UAE Father’s Day

The UAE is celebrating Father’s Day on Tuesday and to celebrate the occasion, Google has unveiled its annual doodle for the MENA region, as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan also pay tribute to dads.

The doodle is an illustration of a father and child holding hands, circling in different skin colors to mark the diversity of Google’s reach. They are holding hands, painting together and one depicts the hand of an elderly man on a walking stick, with the younger one placed on top.

This is the same doodle that has been used around the world over the past few weeks, as different countries celebrate Father’s Day on different days.

Illustrator isn’t sharing information, but Google has access to a map showing the entire region from Morocco to Oman.

On 26 May, it was visible in Germany, while on 5 June it was seen in Lithuania and Switzerland, and on 19 June it was in the UK, India, parts of Africa and South America to name a few.

It’s similar to the doodle used on Mother’s Day this year, as it featured a rotating series of portraits of a baby and a mother’s hands in pastel and earthy colors. They hold hands, read Braille, wash under a tap and turn to a plant.

Scroll through the gallery below to see more regional Google Doodles

Why is Father’s Day celebrated on different dates?

While Father’s Day was not an official holiday in America until the 1970s, the first event to honor fathers was held in 1908, organized by Grace Golden Clayton in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Clayton organized a special program for the children of victims of the Monongah mining disaster of 1907, which killed 361 men, 250 of whom were fathers.

However, it was former US President Lyndon Johnson who issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers in 1966, declaring the third Sunday in June Father’s Day. Six years later, his successor Richard Nixon established the day.

A national holiday, writing it down in US law.

Many countries joined the US in celebrating Father’s Day on the third Sunday of June, including Britain, Canada, Chile, France, Greece, Georgia and India.

While China now celebrates Father’s Day in line with the UK and US, it was originally held on August 8, as the Mandarin word for eight is “ba”, which makes “ba ba” the eighth day of the eighth month, Which is one the word “daddy” is used colloquially in the country.

In Australia, Father’s Day is marked on the first Sunday of September, coinciding with the first Sunday of spring, while in Germany, Father’s Day, or Wettertag, is marked on the Thursday 40 days after Easter.

In Brazil, Father’s Day is marked on the second Sunday of August, chosen in honor of Saint Joachim, the patron saint of the Fathers who, according to Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox traditions, was the father of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

In Italy, Bolivia and Croatia, Father’s Day is celebrated on March 19, coinciding with the Roman Catholic celebration of Saint Joseph’s Day.

Regional Google Doodle

Over the years several Google Doodles have been paying tribute to the people and events of the region.

More recently, the life of Dr. Sania Habbub was celebrated to commemorate her graduation from medical school on June 10, 1931.

Born in 1901 to a Lebanese leather merchant and Turkish mother, Habboob was one of the first female doctors in Lebanon to study medicine abroad in the US.

When she returned to Beirut she opened her own practice, inspiring other Lebanese girls and women to pursue their own education, according to Google’s description.

The doodles can be seen on the instruments in the MENA region.

Updated: June 21st, 2022 at 5:15am

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