Galentine’s Day: Ladies Celebrating Ladies

Today is February 13th, simply known to some as the day before Valentine’s Day. However, in recent years, this date has become a popularized holiday known as Galentine’s Day, a day of “celebrating platonic friendships, usually among women.” Like every other great American holiday, Galentine’s Day has become commercialized- but before we get into that, let’s take a look back at its history.

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On February 11th, 2010, many tuned in to NBC to watch the sixth episode of the second season of the beloved TV sitcom, Parks and Recreation. The show’s main character, Leslie Knope, spends the episode celebrating her female friends. She does this by starting a tradition of hosting a breakfast for all of her closest girlfriends (and even her mom) at their favorite local diner. An assortment of brunch favorites are served, such as chicken and waffles. Knope even gifts each of her friends items varying from a mosaic picture of them made out of their favorite soda bottles, to a personalized 5,000 word essay about why they are amazing.

Fast-forwarding to today, almost a decade later, Knope has created a real life holiday. When you Google who invented Galentine’s Day, surely enough Leslie Knope, a fictional television character, is credited.

So, how has this holiday become a commercialized, cultural phenomenon? With the help of social media and popularity gained from Parks and Recreation, February 13th is now a day filled with memes, brunch celebrations, and plenty of  #galentinesday hashtags. I have personally seen Galentine’s Day posts on my Instagram and Twitter feeds from clothing brands and restaurants. For example, I’ve noticed that stores will have limited-time sales on clothes for women to wear while they celebrate the holiday with their friends. Restaurants have even caught on to the trend, advertising for women to come in with their friends for a Galentine’s breakfast or brunch.

However, some say this holiday is an “anti-Valentine’s” celebration. I don’t think that’s the case. To me, this is a great way for girls to celebrate the female friendships they have, regardless of whether or not they have a significant other! After all, the world could use more celebrations like this.

-Hannah Lewis

For more information, read this article: What is Galentine’s Day?