Monday, September 29, 2008

Google Eid Doodle


Google just turned 10 years old!! Happy Birthday!! They have included all of their Doodles that they have created in the last ten years. See link: Google Doodle.

I think it would be great if we can get Google to make us a doodle. I've written a letter that I sent to Google and I'm asking you to send it too!! Emai Google is the link. Paste this text and put your name!!

To whom the Doodle May Concern:

I was looking through the doodles over the last 10 years and it is truly amazing how far Google and the doodle has come.

There over one and a half billion Muslims in the world and if they are on the web, they are most likely using Google. We are nearing the end of our holy month of Ramadan. Our holiday is Eid al-Fitr which is set for Wednesday October 1st, 2008. We also have another holiday which commemorates the end of the Hajj or the holy pilgrimage to Mecca (in Saudi Arabia). Over 3 million people converge in one place. It would be nice for Google to acknowledge the 1.5 billion plus Muslims in the world with a doodle that acknowledges one or both of our holidays.

Thanks,

Your Name
Loyal Google User 

7 comments:

Lena said...

I started a campaign to get this some time back. We had many many many people email. Good wrote back and claimed that they do not honor/celebrate any religious holidays so they could not do that. I suppose they felt that Christmas and the like had become cultural and not religious. I thought it was a lame response. If I find it, I'll post it.

Yasmeen Noor said...

Here is their letter:



Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm with us. We love hearing from our
users, especially those who enjoy our occasional celebratory doodles. In
your spare time, take a look at http://www.google.com/holidaylogos.html
for an archive of our more popular logo variations. If this piques your
interest, check out our Oodles of Doodles entry on the Google Blog:
http://www.google.com/googleblog/2004/06/oodles-of-doodles.html

At Google, we do not celebrate religious holidays in our homepage doodles.
This is mostly a matter of practicality and fairness, as celebrating one
such occasion would lead to the obvious and irrefutable expectation that
we should celebrate all such holidays.

Instead, our logos generally focus on national holidays (U.S. Independence
Day or Bastille Day) or on commonly observed holidays without a concrete
religious linkage (Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day,
Chinese New Year, and Shichi-go-san). Some of these holidays may have
roots in religious beliefs but have become secular celebrations.

For example, instead of celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or
Ramadan in December, we observed the season with snowmen shoveling snow to
uncover the Google logo. We hope to communicate a feeling of joyousness to
all of our users, regardless of their specific beliefs. For an archive of
our more popular logo variations, please visit
http://www.google.com/holidaylogos.html

We are committed to celebrating the diversity of our users worldwide and
welcome your suggestions for holidays to celebrate in the future.

Regards,
The Google Team





-Lena

Yasmeen Noor said...

Oh but they have, however, done Purim, Holi and Easter. But to their credit they have few other religious logos, not even Hannukah. So Muslims, don't feel too bad if they refuse you. :)

jalalpuri said...

It saddens me that 'Google' will not recognise a cultural observance of over 2 billion people worldwide even if there is a religious connection, i beleive it is purely unfound prejuidice and ignorance of the search engine. Shame on Google for being so phobic, no just plain ignorant!!!!!! let it be known this really imperial colonisation of the cyber generation representing ignorance & intolerance and anti-diversity.

Anonymous said...

google is ignorant and is blatanly phobic towards a festival that billions share across the world across creed religion and culture, it fails to recognice the billions of people who celebrate eid as a cultural fesival and yet it fails to recognise this on its front homepage Doodle. shame on you google for your intolerance, ignorance and prejuidice i feel this is another form of cyber eurocentric imperialism. shame on google.
it has displays other fesitvals such a s divali, easter etc not as religious festivals but as a celebration so why not Eid, the answer is because you are prejuidice in the assumption this is a religious festival.
Diversity Consultant

ali said...

"i beleive it is purely unfound prejuidice and ignorance of the search engine."

Try not to take it personally - there are Christians who think Google is prejudiced against them too

http://stuckinmiddle.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/google-hates-christianity/

- Steve

MuslimaticMuslimah said...

Hey chill everyone, it's no biggie. All Muslims celebrate Eid, isn't that enough? Be thankful that Eid hasn't turned into a secular holiday, that people still pray their Eid salah and treat it like a religious holiday. We don't want Google to add Eid to their doodle list if that's because people don't celebrate it because of its true meaning.

Don't sweat the small stuff - it's not worth it.

I'm Muslim btw