Peru National Day 2020 – Today’s Doodle celebrates Peru’s Independence Day and the country’s Fiestas Patrias, or National Holidays. On July 28, 1821, Peru officially declared its independence from Spain.
Illustrated in the Doodle artwork is Peru’s national animal, the vicuña, which also stands proudly on the nation’s flag and coat of arms. A close relative of the llama and alpaca, the vicuña can be found roaming free in the elevated grasslands of Peru’s central Andes. The animal is revered for its lustrous, soft, and durable outer coat, a fiber so desirable that during the rule of Peru’s Inca empire, it was reserved exclusively for nobility.
Vicuñas were hunted nearly to extinction, but these graceful animals have since bounced back to healthy numbers. This rare resilience reinforces the vicuña as a symbol of Peruvian independence, patriotism, and fortitude.
¡Felices Fiestas Patrias, Perú!
You can find more about Peru National Day 2020 on the official Google Doodle Page