To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of modern Singapore today, Google marked the occasion with a special doodle on its search browser.
There will be a series of events in Singapore to mark the arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles to the island country 200 years ago collectively christened Singapore Bicentennial.
A wide variety of events have been planned to commemorate the Bicentennial including an annual iLight Singapore event and Light to Night Festival that will run from today till February 24.
The search giant displayed a bright red Google logo, with key Singapore landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyer featured in the Doodle.
Google temporarily updates the logo on its homepages to reflect special events, achievements, holidays and people.
Stephanie Davis, country director for Google Singapore, said, “Singapore has been a wonderful home to our Asia-Pacific headquarters since 2007 and we have witnessed its growth as a regional hub for ideas and people from various communities and cultures.”
“Bicentennial is an important milestone for Singapore. Google wanted to remember the occasion with a special doodle of the iconic Singapore city skyline that represents the modernisation of Singapore over the past 700 years,” she added.
“We are pleased to have our very own Google Doodle commemorate the important milestone and the stories of the people who came before us,” said Gene Tan, Executive Director of the Singapore Bicentennial Office.
“We hope that these stories will help Singaporeans connect with our country’s history and the development of our country into a nation and a people with a unique Singaporean DNA over the centuries,” he added.