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Galentine’s Day: Ladies celebrating ladies

Happy Galentine’s Day! Though it may not be an official holiday (yet), we’re putting Galentine’s day on the calendar and here’s why you should too.

‘What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year’ – Leslie Knope

“February 13th marks Galentine’s day, a day for celebrating female friendships”

February 13th marks Galentine’s day, a day for celebrating female friendships. The day was popularised by a 2010 episode of Parks and Recreation in which Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) organises a brunch outing with her gal pals and mum, giving them gifts and 5000 word essays on what makes them special.

Galentine’s day has since transcended the television screen becoming commonplace across the US and UK. Many brands, for example Target, promoted the holiday in 2017, selling Galentine’s Day themed products. Seven years after the original airing of the episode, the hashtag #GalentinesDay even trended across twitter. This year, Galentine’s day has been used to celebrate powerful women, as the Boston Red Cloaks, for example, shared their Galentine’s Day Celebraton of Exceptional Women.

Booking a nice meal out, staying in and getting takeaway, or keeping with the OG queen Leslie Knope and getting brunch are all great ways to celebrate! Plus of course treating yo selves to some cocktails and gifts can never go wrong.

“have a ‘palentine’s day’, and gather anyone and everyone you love platonically together to celebrate yourselves and each other”

However, it’s not just for gals. A celebration of friendship at its heart, it’s unfair on those who aren’t ladies to be excluded from this cheesy, joyous holiday. Therefore, maybe have a ‘palentine’s day’, and gather anyone and everyone you love platonically together to celebrate yourselves and each other with rom-coms, chocolates and as much Ben and Jerry’s as you can fit in your freezer!

Francesca Hadland

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