Why I Celebrate Galentine’s Day

For some people, the idea of celebrating Valentine’s Day brings much joy and happiness as they get to celebrate with their significant other. For others, a much more exciting holiday takes place- Galentine’s Day. This holiday and term was popularized because of the release of a 2010 episode of a well-known sitcom, Parks and Recreation. One of the main characters, Leslie Knope, explains the meaning while throwing her own Galentine’s party. She states, "Every February 13th, 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 gif of Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation

Since then, Galentine’s day has gained immense popularity and is now a celebration for women, both single and in relationships. Women use this day to celebrate the bond of their female friendship. This is the exact reason as to why I celebrate Galentine’s Day. These past couple of years, I’ve grown to understand the true meaning of friendship. Growing up, I always had the idea that I would have so many friends in all aspects of life. Eventually, I understood that it didn’t matter how many friends I had, but how many true friends I could count on. Throughout your life, you have so many people that just come and go. Whether it’s high school, college, or your adult life, it’s hard to find that one constant. When you find your forever friends, it’s only natural to have a holiday to celebrate the bond that can’t be broken.

The golden girls hugging eachother

In this day and age, I believe finding a solid friendship is hard. There’s so much stigma surrounding what the ideal friendship should be like. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if a friendship is true and real. That’s why when you find one, you celebrate. Celebrating Galentine’s Day doesn’t mean throwing a party and making reservations at an extravagant restaurant. The whole point of this holiday is to celebrate your friends in a way that all of your friends can enjoy. If that means throwing a party, go for it. If it means hosting a potluck and watching romcoms, by all means. The beauty of this holiday is that you can celebrate however and whenever. I personally believe Galentine’s day should be an everyday event where you take the time to recognize your unique friendship with your best friends.

Monica and Rachel high-fiving

I’ve been celebrating Galentine’s day for a while now and I never get tired of seeing more and more women celebrate this amazing holiday! To all my girls out there who think they have nothing to celebrate this week, think again.

Leslie Knope explaining Galentine's day

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