Galentine’s Day: A Celebration of Friendships

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Published February 5, 2020
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Alex Kitchmire | The Montclarion

Galentine’s Day has gained popularity in the past few years thanks to the fictional character Leslie Knope from the sitcom “Parks and Recreation.”

Galentine’s Day is celebrated on Feb. 13, a day where you take time to honor the amazing friendship that you have with all your girlfriends. During season two of Parks and Recreation, Leslie explains the tradition of Galentine’s Day.

“Every Feb. 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it breakfast-style,” Leslie said. “Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

It is important to pay tribute to your friends who have been there for you no matter what. Small gestures of appreciation can go a long way and will make your friends feel special and loved. Regardless of if you or your friends are in relationships, this day is a perfect way to show how much you care about each other before the romantic customs of Valentine’s Day take place.

Having a movie night and doing face masks is a cheap and easy way to spend time with your friends and to celebrate the friendships that you have created. A more elaborate idea that I suggest is going out to a comedy club, or even doing a sip and paint class.

Before watching Parks and Recreation, I had never heard about Galentine’s Day. I think it is a great way to show how much you love your friends. Out of all the fake holidays, like National Pizza or Donut Day, celebrating this particular holiday is by far the most fun.

Spreading the girl cheer takes the stress out of scrambling to find a valentine and gives you an extra excuse to hang out with your best friends and shower them with love.

The media has really promoted the ideas of Galentine’s Day which has really brought light to the festivities. In stores there is even a section in party supplies for decorations and cards.

Some popular or suggested gifts to give your friends includes small items like candy, gift cards or self-love products such as bath bombs and makeup. Sending a handwritten note is another personal way to show appreciation and to let them know what they mean to you. However you and your friends decide to celebrate, the most important thing is to make it memorable and fun.

This holiday has given a new meaning to finding a valentine and has created a new target audience. It allows everyone who is either single or taken to feel loved by those around them.

 

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