February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, is the day when women gather all their lady friends to celebrate Galentine’s Day. This is a day to honor and cherish female friendship, or in its essence, it’s a day in which “ladies celebrating ladies.”
This unofficial holiday was created by Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, in season two of the TV series “Parks and Recreation.” In the episode that premiered on February 11th, 2010, Leslie took her girlfriends to branch and mimosas, showering them with all kinds of gifts – from crocheted flower pens and handmade mosaics of their faces to 5,000-word essays on why they are awesome and why she loves them so much.
In February 2017, seven years after the Galentine’s Day episode was aired, the holiday became a cultural phenomenon when the #GalentinesDay hashtag was trending on social media. Though it is not a national holiday, yet, it has caught on in the real world and has been celebrated by small businesses as well as big retailers such as Walmart and Target, and various events are taking place to mark the occasion.
So how to celebrate Galentine’s Day? You can send your friends a Galentine’s Day cards, buy them a Galentine’s Day gift, take them out, or show them your love in any other way you want. The only rule of Galentine’s Day is that you celebrate each other and that no significant others are allowed. Or as Leslie Knope said: “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.”
Here are some gift ideas for your friends:
– Galentine’s Day T-Shirts –
– Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas –
– Galentine’s Day Cards –
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