What the Heck Is Galentine’s Day?
Fans of the TV show, Parks & Recreation have been celebrating (or at least have known about) Galentine’s Day for years. The holiday first came to be during an episode in 2010, when the show’s heroine, Leslie Knope proclaims February 13, a day for celebrating the joys of female friendship.
As Leslie explained the holiday: “Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
Galentine’s Day may have been born out of fiction but it resonates with many real-life women. Unlike Valentine’s Day, which is a holiday designed for couples to profess their love for one another with chocolates and fancy flowers, Galentine’s Day is for women to embrace the platonic love they have for one another—preferably over brunch. The day is not a bash on the lover’s holiday. It is a celebration of the overlooked and taken for granted relationships—those with your best friends.
We can’t think of anything more worthy than celebrating a holiday designed to throw kindness around like confetti while stuffing yourself with waffles.