What is Galentine’s Day? Everything you need to know about celebrating female friendship

If we can dedicate one day out of 365 to couples, why not have one dedicated to female friendship too? Here's how you can join in.

While the idea of Valentine’s Day – a day dedicated to romantic love – is perfectly sweet, there are plenty of us who are filled with dread every time February 14 rolls around.

Time attending dates that serve only as a tick-box exercise could be better spent with friends.

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If that’s how you feel, then you need to know about Galentine’s Day – a day dedicated to female friendship on February 13, the day before Valentine’s.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Galentine’s Day?

Galentine’s Day was born out of a 2010 episode of American sitcom Parks and Recreation.

The show stars Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope – a mid-level bureaucrat who loves her town and works in local government.

Leslie invents her own holiday to share with her beloved friends which would fall each year, on the eve of Valentine’s Day, to celebrate their platonic love with a boozy brunch.

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It didn’t take long for the concept to become popular with real women too and now has evolved to the point where you can buy cards, gifts and even find events to go to with your friends.

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If you’re looking for a gift to show a friend they’re valued, according to the Victorian language of flowers, Freesias represent true and lasting friendship.

Perhaps, most fittingly, you could celebrate by catching up with friends over breakfast with Parks and Recreation on in the background, in true appreciation of Leslie Knope, to thank the character for the cheerful reminder of the importance of friendship.

Will you be celebrating Galentines Day with your friends? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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