St Patrick's Day 2016
Google marks St Patrick's Day 2016 with a special doodle featuring a friendly shamrock.Google Doodle

Google is turning green especially for St Patrick's Day 2016. To mark the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland, Google has changed its usual multi-coloured logo green and it has roped in a shamrock doing acrobatics to give a further Irish twist to its doodle.

At first glance, it may seem like the run of the mill Google search engine page. But then it turns green and the 'l' turns into a friendly shamrock and does a few acrobatic stunts on the other alphabets, turning them green in the process. And yes, it does an Irish jig in the process as well.

Google says its doodle is done by guest artist and animator Chris O'Hara, an Irish animator working in Los Angeles. "We hope it reflects the boundless energy and welcoming spirit of Ireland, as Google sports green for the great Eire," Google says.

The three-leaved shamrock is a familiar symbol of Ireland and is used by the Irish tourist board. It takes its name from an early Irish world seamair og, or as we know it, a young clover.

Although St Patrick is globally associated with Ireland, he is also the patron saint of Nigeria and Montserrat, the Caribbean British Overseas Territory to which many Irish people were sent to work as servants by the English in the 1600s. St Patrick is also the patron saint of Boston, engineers and the Archdiocese of New York.