The Ultimate Guide To Celebrating Galentine’s Day

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February 13th, mark your calendar and gather up your gals ASAP.

Let’s be real, Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone least of all Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) who back in 2010, within the storyline of NBC show Parks & Recreation created Galentine’s Day.

What’s Galentine’s Day?

Celebrated on February 13th, intentionally the day before the big Valentine’s day, Galentine’s celebrates the love we all have for our gal pals – single or not – as opposed to our boyfriends/husbands/significant others. It’s about championing the tribe of fabulous women who get you through the ups, the downs and the really, very ugly (we all have that ex).

Who Leslie Knope and how did Galentine’s Day come about?

In 2010, during the second season of Parks and Rec, titled “Galentine’s Day”, fictional character, Leslie gathers up her group of gals and heads out for brunch and a whole lot of sharing the love.

As explained by Leslie in the episode, “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.”

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“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.”

And just like that, it became a permanent fixture in everyone’s calendar. Retailers quickly caught on with the fake holiday being so widely recognised that some companies now run specific Galentine’s promotions. Not only an excuse for the ultimate girls’ night but also a very valid excuse to get your online shopping on.

Now we know what it is, how should we celebrate?

Once again, Leslie serves up a multitude of solutions. Within the season two episode, she envisions, gathering her friends together and they shower each other with luxurious gifts such as massage vouchers and pillows with their own faces emblazoned across them. Admittedly, she set the bar high but why not up the game with the ultimate pamper night, pop the champagne or make a reservation at the fancy restaurant you’ve been looking for an excuse to try?

To be clear, despite the name, Galentine’s is not an exclusive holiday, in fact far from it. First of all, it’s a fictional holiday so therefore the rules are pretty much our own. Secondly, the whole idea of Galentine’s is that it’s a celebration of friendship. It’s about showing appreciation for those that through thick and thin, stay by your side while romantic relationships may come and go in the same time period. It’s definitely cheesy and it makes no attempt to deny that but one thing is for sure, we’ll take a friends appreciation post one hundred times over the soppy Valentine’s Instaspam.

Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a full time fashion and features writer at The Style Edit. Her work has previously appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman.

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