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5 Ways to Celebrate on Facebook

Facebook has become a way to celebrate both public and private holidays in a way that includes more people. Want to shout your love for your mother from the rooftops? Want to announce that you finally adopted a puppy? Help a friend celebrate their birthday? Facebook is there for you.

Here are some great ways that you can celebrate on Facebook:

  • Write on a friend's Timeline: Since time immemorial (okay, it was in 2004, when Facebook added the "Wall" feature that would later become Timeline), people have been posting quick notes to people on their birthdays. A simple "Happy Birthday" or even "HB!" lets your friend know that you're thinking of them on their special day. The same thing goes for sending congratulations on graduations, engagements, babies, publications and anything else that may warrant a heartfelt display of happiness.

  • Change your profile picture: Come Mother's Day, you might notice something interesting happening on Facebook: All your friends have changed their profile pictures to a photo of two people — your friend and his or her mom. The same thing happens on Father's Day, Valentine's Day, and the recently discovered Siblings Day (really, there was no good way to celebrate that day before Facebook). Wedding anniversaries are commemorated by making the wedding portrait the profile photo for the day. Changing the profile picture is a quick way to show who you care about on a special day.

  • Add a life event: If you're the one doing the celebrating, adding a life event to your Timeline gives you the space to celebrate something that's important to you. It can be something big like an engagement or a wedding, but it could also be something like learning a new language, or traveling someplace new.

    Each category of life events gives you a form where you can fill out information like where and when, and add photos to your digital announcement of the event. When you add a life event, your friends may see it in their News Feeds; don't be surprised if you get a few congratulatory comments or likes.

  • Plan an event: Celebrations on Facebook can also happen in the real world. Whether you're planning a moving day barbecue or surprise party for a friend, you can use Facebook events to let friends know about the event's time and location, and to keep track of who's coming to join in the fun.

  • Give a gift: Facebook's gifting system lets you send digital and real gifts to your friends for any occasion. Facebook handles the credit card payments as well as notifying your friend and getting their address for shipping gifts. Gifts can be small (a five dollar gift card to Starbucks, for example) or large, and there are lots of categories to choose from.

Celebrations on Facebook are a way of sharing joy. When you take part in something like this it amplifies the happiness, creating a cozy community of all your friends.

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