The so-called most romantic day of the year is almost upon us, but while many people will be showered with chocolates and roses on 14 February, celebrating isn’t for everyone.
Thanks to a TV programme, there is now an alternative celebration for women – Galentine’s Day.
What is Galentine’s Day?
Galentine’s Day is a day for women to get together with their closest girlfriends and celebrate the friendship they share, regardless of whether they are single or not.
The day is dedicated to showering your best gal pals with love and affection, and it falls on 13 February every year.
The term gained popularity following the broadcast of a 2010 episode of US sitcom, Parks and Recreation, in which lead character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) explains its meaning while throwing an annual Galentine’s Day breakfast brunch for her female friends.
During the episode, Knope says, “Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast style.
“Ladies celebrating ladies.”
A celebration of female friendship
Since then, the day has grown in popularity, and themed events have popped up in its honour across the UK as more women get on board.
Whether you’re hosting a cosy celebration at home with waffles (like Leslie Knope) or heading out for brunch, or a local event, Galentine’s Day is all about honouring the women nearest and dearest to you.
Did someone say GALentine’s day? ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Tir94dfrBn
— EB (@barnzy_11) February 10, 2019
One of my bffs threw a Galentine’s day party for all her female friends and I’m feel super loved and like a badass woman 💅🏻✨💗 pic.twitter.com/AfXGObQzki
— Kristin ✨ (@shcrlockhouse) February 10, 2019
WE LOVE GALENTINE’S DAY✨💕🍰💝 pic.twitter.com/zPImBffiq7
— mary sophia grace (@marys0phiagrace) February 11, 2019
Celebrating “Galentine’s” Day a few days early with these wonderful women! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/05Dhvmp6b1
— Allison Rogers WLWT (@AllisonWeather) February 11, 2019
We love a good galentine’s day💙 pic.twitter.com/PoIvBrDbkh
— Amanda Zimmerman (@amandazimmers) February 12, 2019