India celebrated Children’s Day on November 14, 2019, to mark the birth anniversary of its first-ever Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Subsequently, Google released a dedicated doodle for the occasion which is inspired by a seven-year-old girl-Divyanshi Singhal’s sketch, named ‘The Walking Tree’.
For the past few years, Google has been welcoming sketches from children to commemorate this day through a doodle made out of the selected sketches. The note on this year’s doodle said, “It was heartening to see so many fresh, creative depictions for a better world–from cleaning up the ocean to flying solo using technology, to simply dreaming about a world without boundaries.”
Over 1.1 lakh submissions were received by Google this year from children of classes 1 to 10, across the nation, in response to this year’s theme, ‘When I grow up, I hope’. The doodle depicts trees wearing shoes and has been named “The Walking Tree”. The doodle, as per the seven-year-old girl from Gurugram denotes her hope of having walking trees in the future to tackle the problem of cutting trees for clearing the land. Interestingly, when Divyanshi was asked how such a wonderful idea came to her mind, she went on to say, “When I visited my grandmother, I was so sad to see the trees around her house being cut. So I thought that if trees could walk or fly, we will not have to cut them.”
Apart from showcasing this seven-year-old’s sketch as the doodle on the Google India homepage for celebrating Children’s Day 2019, Google is also displaying the final 20 shortlisted doodle entries it received this year with the help of a dedicated webpage. In addition to the national winner, the search giant also chose five group winners. The Jury for this year’s Doodle for Google included many prominent personalities like Prajakta Koli, a leading content creator on YouTube, Rajiv Chilaka, CEO of Green Gold Animation and Neha Sharma, a famous artist along-with the Google Doodle Team.
Divyanshi Singhal, a student of class two, won this year’s Google Doodle competition. She named her sketch, ‘The Walking Tree and while elaborating more about it she said, “When I grow up, I hope the world’s trees can walk or fly. The land could be cleared so easily without making them die. There would be so little deforestation and humans can just ask the trees and their friends to move to another place.” She further told that the idea for the sketch struck her when she visited her grandmother and saw many trees around the area being cut.
14th November is celebrated as Children’s Day in India every year to mark the birth anniversary of the independent nation’s first-ever PM- Jawaharlal Nehru. Though, prior to the death of Pandit Nehru in May 1964, the country used to observe Children’s Day on November 20. Following his death, it was shifted to his birthday. Several activities are held for students in schools all across the nation, on this particular day, every year.