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By Jack Linshi
May 10, 2015

Flowers don’t make much of an appearance in this year’s Mother’s Day Google Doodle.

The animated Doodle, designed by Olivia Huynh, honors a range of mothers—human moms and various animal ones—as they’re greeted by their children, cubs, chicks and baby bunnies.

“Brainstorming for this Doodle and thinking of my own mom, lots of small moments and gestures of affection came up, so I decided to concentrate on that as a concept,” Huynh explained. “I spent awhile trying to figure out how I could use style to keep the characters somewhat minimalistic and relatable since Mother’s Day is celebrated all around world.”

While previous Mother’s Day Doodles have tended to incorporate colorful carnations, this year’s Doodle seems to be more in line with what the holiday’s founder would’ve wanted to see. Philadelphia activist Anna Jarvis, who came up with the idea in 1908 to pay a tribute to her mother, later slammed the commercialization of the holiday and the profiteering of Mother’s Day carnations.

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