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Day of Portugal: Google celebrates ‘Sobreiro’ National Tree of Portugal – Google Doodle

Google Doodle has once again added June 10th – Day of Portugal – to its list of dates to celebrate with all honors. For the occasion, this year Google Doodle honors the Sobreiro, the National Tree of Portugal. The following is how the search engine site describes the tribute:

“Happy Portugal Day or Dia de Camões! Today’s Doodle is a tribute to the Portuguese sobreiro which was recently labeled The National Tree of Portugal.

Just like its people, the tree is resilient and brings great economic and environmental value to the country of Portugal. Because of the tree’s unique outer layer of cork, the country has become the world’s largest producer of cork material. Interesting cork goods can be found in shops all over the country!

The tree’s layers are protective and fire resistant—a great home for countless insects and animals. In the small village of Águas de Moura, in Portugal, The Sobreiro Monumental stands as the tallest cork oak tree in the world—its importance has been reflected in Portuguese literature and art. 

Although Lisbon is the capital, it’s customary for the Portuguese President to choose a different city each year to host festivities. On the public holiday, joyous crowds parade up and down the city streets, dancing locals revel in their shared Portuguese heritage and fireworks light up the sky.  

No matter which city is selected to be the hub, the celebrations branch out nationwide. Happy Portugal Day!”

Since 1998, doodles are known as the decorative changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists and scientists.

When doodles were first created, nobody had anticipated how popular and integral they would become to the Google search experience. Nowadays, many users excitedly anticipate the release of each new doodle and some even collect them. 



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