Chile National Day 2020 – Today’s Doodle celebrates Chile’s National Day, known locally as El Dieciocho, which translates to “The Eighteenth.” On this day in 1810, Chile celebrated the First National Government Board Assembly, which started the process of independence from Spanish colonial rule and began an eight-year struggle for sovereignty.
Illustrated in the Doodle artwork is the bell-shaped, six-petalled bloom of the copihue, Chile’s national flower. This evergreen climbing vine thrives in a moist and cool environment, so the species is right at home in the misty cloud forests of Chile’s central and south-central regions.
Following its introduction to various countries around the world, the plant revealed an intriguing quality: its vine twines clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, opposite to the counterclockwise twine exhibited in its native Southern Hemisphere. Although it has traveled far over the years, the copihue remains an unwavering symbol of Chilean identity.
iFeliz Dieciocho, Chile!
You can find more about Chile National Day 2020 on the official Google Doodle Page