The Beauty of Galentine’s Day

You might be asking yourself, “What is this Galentine’s Day Meg speaks of?” Sit back, relax, and allow me to introduce to you one of the very best days of the year.

Galentine’s Day falls on February 13th and is simply a time to celebrate the ladies in your life like, your mother, your best friend, your work best friend, your hairdresser…you get the point. This day is a day dedicated to showing some love and attention to all the ladies that make life a little less stressful and a little more bearable.

I first came across Galentine’s Day while watching episode 16 season 2 of Parks and Recreation. In this episode titled, “Galentine’s Day” Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, invites her gal pals to a sit down lunch allowing them to swap presents, chit chat, and celebrate themselves.

I remember seeing this episode of Parks and Rec and thought it was a pretty great idea, considering Valentine’s Day is usually the day for singles to self-deprecate about their relationship status. The beauty of Galentine’s Day is that instead of wallowing in the loneliness that is brought on by a commercialized holiday, we capitalize on the fact that romantic love is not the only kind of love that can be recognized and celebrated!

However, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating Valentine’s Day. In fact, I’m sure it’s nice to have a day dedicated to roses, candy hearts and plush-stuffed bears–kitschy stuff the media portrays couples usually gravitating towards. As a little kid my parents would buy my sisters and I mini heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. In elementary school we were encouraged to bring and distribute tiny cards with taped on candy to our classmates. Valentine’s Day has always been the day to spread love but, in my new adult life, I’ve realized the common misinterpretation of Valentine’s Day is that you’re either taken or single, and that relationship status somehow determines the quality of your holiday.

On the contrary, being single on Valentine’s Day is no easy feat. It’s exhausting, speaking from experience, seeing friends in happy relationships post about Valentine’s Day activities, while you sit at home alone with a trusty stash of Nutella. So what do the single counterparts have? A solid Wi-Fi connection and borderline weird, emotional attachments to a tragic character on a Netflix show. Woo.

As I end my argument for why Galentine’s Day is one of the very best days of the year, I should mention this day should not be confused with “I hate Valentine’s Day, so let’s hate those who are in relationships Day” or “This is a girl-only Day”. Galentine’s Day is just a simple, lighthearted time to recognize the friends in our lives and show them love! If we have a day dedicated to showing love to our partners, why can’t we have a day dedicated to showing love for the gals in our lives?

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