Facebook kicks off Mothers Day weekend with flower reactions, cards, stickers, masks and more

You may have noticed the purple flower reaction has returned to Facebook, allowing you to respond to posts with athankful sentiment instead of a Like. As it turns out, the addition is only one of several features Facebook has planned for this Mothers Day weekend here in the U.S., and throughout the month where the day is celebrated elsewhere in the world.

The purple flower was introduced last year around Mothers Day only a few months after Facebook expanded the Like button to include a further range of reactions, such as love, haha, wow, sad, and angry. Initially only tested in a few markets before a wider rollout, theflower was also the first time the social network tried out the idea of using temporary reaction like this.

year, the flower reaction is again being made broadlyavailable and it will have a special effect. On mobile, when you tap on thankful when reacting to a post, more flowers will appear to wrap themselves around the post in an animated sequence.

In addition to the reaction, Facebook is adding Mothers Day-themed masks and frames to its Facebook Camera, available when you swipe right on the News Feed. These will be live on Mothers Day, Sunday May 14th. Instagram users, however, can decorate their photos now with a new set of Mothers Day stickers, which work through direct messaging (Instagram Direct) and Instagrams Stories.

Also on Sunday, Facebooks News Feed will remind you that its Mothers Day, and offer you the option to send a digital greeting card through the network.

Facebook had first introduced a program in December thatplaces these sorts of informational greetings at the top of the News Feed, alerting you to holidays and other historical or cultural events. The program kicked off with a set of holiday cards aimed at those who celebrated Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or just the winter season in general.

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Facebook said users should expect to see the option to send cards for other holidays in the future, too, and made good on that promise with Valentines cards in February. The new Mothers Day cardswill also go live on Sunday, and some can be personalized with your own photos.

Finally, Facebook is allowing users in the U.S. to start fundraisers to donate to favorite causes in honor of your mom. You can raise funds for nonprofits, friends, or anyone or anything else thats not on Facebook. This last one islive now.

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