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Spring equinox celebrated by cheery Google doodle

Google is celebrating the season of temperate weather with a specially designed spring-themed version of the famous logo.

Spring has sprung! Google is celebrating the season of temperate weather with a specially designed spring-themed version of the famous logo.

Today's Google doodle is based on a design by Finnish textile company Marimekko, featuring flowers, butterflies, a lorry with some, er, they're probably eggs, is that a stork? and a kind of pink stripey thing.

It's a good feeling to leave work in daylight, so we approve this Google doodle. The doodle marks the vernal equinox, one of the two days a year that is roughly the same length as the night.

To be more precise, the equinox is defined by astronomers as the moment that the Earth is tilted neither towards or away from the Sun -- or something. We're too busy pressing our faces against the window of CNET Towers wishing we were outside playing in the sunshine. Feel free to correct the shortcoming of our astronomical knowledge in the comments, we'll be outside eating an ice cream.

The Google doodle is a playful remix of the Google logo found on the search giant's otherwise crisp white home page, which pops up to mark a special day. It could be a seasonal change like today's event, a public holiday or a special day like Valentine's Day, or the birthday of famous folk, from Michelangelo to Marie Curie. They're often informative too, helping us learn a little something about an unsung hero.

Doodles can be a splash of cheery art, an animated video or a fun little game -- but with one thing in common: they're a welcome burst of sunshine from the Big G. On this sunny day, hit play to see the best Google doodles, like, ever:

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If you'll excuse us, we're off to get an ice lolly, stock up on hay fever medication and continually announce "E-QUI-NOX!" like the terrifying laser-face computer guy off that old telly programme.