Google hearts Israeli Valentines Day

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

Israel's answer to Valentines Day has been marked by Google.

Today is Tu B'Av, the date on which Israelis send flowers and romantic greetings.

Combing six days after the sombre fast day of Tisha b'Av, it is a happy occasion.

In Temple times it was the first day of the grape harvest and a day when unmarried women would wear white clothes and dance in the vineyards, while unmarried men watched to decide who m to choose as a wife.

The search engine chose to celebrate the day with a romantic "heart" icon on its Israeli homepage.

Google often features icons to mark special occasions. Next month the search engine celebrates its barmitzvah and no doubt will mark the occasion in style.

Last updated: 2:10pm, September 6 2011