March 20 marked the vernal equinox and the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere—Spring officially kicked off Tuesday at 1:14 a.m. EDT when the sun’s rays shined directly overhead at the equator.
Google celebrates many things throughout the day from holidays to anniversaries and firsts including the first of summer, fall, winter and like today, spring.
This year, Marimekko designed First Day of Spring and Fall—Marimekko didn’t forget about those in the Southern Hemisphere who welcomed fall, creating a special Google Doodle inspired by Fall foliage—doodles marking the first international Google doodles that are created by a Finnish designer.
“We are thrilled about this creative collaboration that got started when Google Vice President Marissa Mayer visited our textile printing factory in Helsinki,” Mika Ihamuotila, president and CEO of Marimekko, said in a statement.
“Marimekko design is all about understanding the beauty of life just as we encounter it every day – celebrating everyday moments and the special characteristics and nuances of the different seasons. Thus, with the First Day of Spring and Fall doodles, we want to inspire people to free their own creativity and have fun with it – every day and each season.”
According to the Marimekko website, the doodles were inspired by “iconic Marimekko printed textiles” from eight designers: Maija Isola, Kristina Isola, Erja Hirvi, Maija Louekari, Aino-Maija Metsola, Teresa Moorhouse, Jenni Tuominen, and Katsuji Wakisaka.