Galentine’s Day – Because Nobody Likes Valentine’s Day Anymore

Galentine’s Day – Because Nobody Likes Valentine’s Day Anymore

I started seeing mentions of “Galentine’s” day show up in my Twitter a few days ago.

It has something to do with women friends celebrating their friendship with each other, instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day – or this article below says it’s celebrated on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s.

(Link): What Is Galentine’s Day? Leslie Knope’s Favorite Holiday Is Something We Should All Celebrate

… Basically, it’s like Valentine’s Day, only instead of celebrating the love you have for your significant other, you spend it with your best girlfriends, who are, after all, your soul mates, and therefore deserve a holiday all to themselves, too.

Leslie chooses to observe the day of lady love with brunch (her other true love), but you can kick it back lady-style however you want. Since the episode aired in 2010, it’s become just as big a deal as its Valentine’s Day counterpart. Ovaries before brovaries, you know?

(Link): What the heck is Galentine’s Day? Well, here you go

Galentine’s Day is the annual day of celebration that takes place just before or right after Valentine’s Day.

…Well, Leslie Knope from the sitcom Parks and Recreation said, “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst.”

(Link): Galentine’s Day: What is it and how to celebrate your best girl friends

Galentine’s Day has captured our hearts and there is nothing we want more than to celebrate our best friends.

...What is Galentine’s Day?
It’s Valentine’s Day for ‘gals’ and it is all about paying tribute to the most important women in your life. Odds are you already celebrate it. Ever sent your bestie a card or flowers on V-day? You’re a die-hard Galentine. Welcome to the club.

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Where did Galentine’s Day come from?
Galentine’s Day was coined in 2010 by Leslie Knope, the leading character in the American comedy series Parks and Recreation.

Leslie, played by Amy Poehler, described it as the best day of the year, labelling it the chance for “ladies celebrate ladies”.

When is Galentine’s Day?
Leslie put “ovaries before brovaries” and celebrated her gals on February 13 – the day before Valentines.

How can I celebrate Galentine’s Day?

Invite your friends over

Ditch the drama and the boyfriends and get your best friends together for a night of guaranteed lols.

You don’t even have to go out on the town – ask them round for a movie night or get each of them to bring a dish and create the ultimate Galentines dinner.

Ban social media
Declarations of love, cheesy couple selfies and lovey-dovey engagements. Aye, it makes us sick too. Social media is depressing at the best of times but in February it’s the absolute worst. Encourage your friends to log out for the night and spend some quality time together instead.

Take a spa trip
Nothing will make you feel better than relaxing with your friends in fuzzy robes and slippers. Look around for some deals on spa treatments or recreate it at home with facemasks, nail paint and a snazzy pair of PJs.

Watch horror films
Ignore what people say  – tonight is not the night to watch The Notebook. Instead, grab your girlfriends and a bowl of popcorn and switch on the goriest, bloodiest horror film you can find.

Be grateful that you are single
Close your eyes and listen. Can you hear that? It’s the sound of a million couples across the globe arguing whether or not they ‘believe in Valentines Day’.  So give thanks to Cupid for not hitting you with that pesky lovebow. You have the whole bed, no one to answer to and your own Netflix account free from Peaky Blinders recommendations.


(Link): Hollywood Movies: Affirming that Friendship or Platonic Love is Just As Good As Marriage

(Link): The Rise of Delayed Marriage and Female Friendship – article from The Atlantic

(Link): Love Does Not Have to Be Romantic or Erotic: Maleficent Movie

(Link): Love Couldn’t Save Me From Loneliness By M. Puniewska

(Link): Is It Just Me, Or Is Making Friends in Middle Age Hard for Everyone? (Letter to Ask Amy)

(Link): There Are Ways to Deal With the Sting of Unrequited Friendship by K. Sackville

(Link): Lonely Woman Wonders How to Make Friends (letter to Ask Amy)

(Link): Why is it So Hard For Women to Make New Friends? by G. Kovanis

(Link): Woman Says She is Lonely in Marriage to Husband Who Ignores Her in Favor of His Job, Watching TV, etc.

(Link):   When You’re Married and Lonely by J. Slattery

(Link): Women Who Dump Women Friends As Soon As They Get A Spouse or Boyfriend (Letter to Advice Columnist)

(Link): Dear Abby: Teen Gets a Boyfriend, Snubs Her Old Pal 

(Link): How the Sexual Revolution Ruined Friendship – Also: If Christians Truly Believed in Celibacy and Virginity, they would stop adhering to certain sexual and gender stereotypes that work against both

(Link):  Why Do We Feel So Lonely (via USA Today)

(Link):   Lonely People’s Brains Work Differently

(Link):   Why Lonely People Stay Lonely

(Link): Dear Abby: I’m Sick Of My Friend Always Venting About Her Marriage

(Link): Valentine’s Day, the Church and Single Awareness Day? by J. Storment

(Link): A Valentine for the Single Christian by K L Bishop

(Link): Meet the Most Vitriolic Valentine’s Day Haters Around the World

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