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Google Doodle celebrates Vietnam's National Day (September 2)

11:46 | 02/09/2020

Google featured an idyllic rowboating scene on its Vietnam homepage today - National Day of Vietnam (September 2).

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Google doodle on September 2, 2020.

The doodle you see on the Google Vietnam homepage on September 2 – National Day of Vietnam, is an idyllic rowboating scene full of traditional Vietnamese symbolism.

The man paddling is depicted wearing an iconic Non La a conical leaf hat that originated thousands of years ago and has since become synonymous with the nation’s culture. Opposite of the man steering the boat, a woman is dressed in the elegant national costume of Vietnam: the Ao Dai which embodies the pride of the Vietnamese people.

The two are encircled by lily pads and lotus flowers, typical flora found throughout Vietnam’s lakes and ponds. The national flower of Vietnam, the lotus submerges under muddy water at night and resurfaces the next morning. Upon reaching the new dawn’s sunlight, it blooms untarnished by the surrounding mud—even during the most turbulent of times. This act of perseverance demonstrates why many in the country view the lotus blossom as a symbol of strength and optimism.

Not only does this colorful flower brighten the Vietnamese landscape, but it is also deeply ingrained in the nation’s cultural identity, from its towering architecture to its unique cuisine. The lotus’ distinctive shape has found its way into the design of multiple Vietnamese pagodas, temples, and communal houses since the Ly and Tran dynasties, like the prominent One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi. In addition to its enduring symbolic value, the flower is used to make lotus tea, an essential part of many Vietnamese celebrations.

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Google doodle on September 2, 2017.

Lotus was also chosen by Google to mark Vietnam’s National Day in 2017. It carried the image of a woman in a white Ao Dai with a pink lotus.

The Ao Dai is a Vietnamese national garment worn by both sexes but now most commonly worn by women. In its current form, it is a tight-fitting silk tunic worn over loose trousers.

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