We all know what Valentine's Day is, but Galentine's Day is fast becoming our favourite unofficial holiday of the year. Here's everything you need to know. Gather up your favourite females and read on!
So what exactly is Galentine's Day?
In 2010, American telly show Parks and Recreation introduced the world to Galentine's Day. In Season 2 Leslie Knope told us, 'it's only the best day of the year'.
'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. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas,' she said.
And just like that; Galentine's Day was born.
In short, it's a celebration of female friendship. It's a day to celebrate the love you have for the ladies in your life, be it your gal pals, your co-workers your sisters, your aunties, your mum!
It may only have been around for 9 years, but it has grown in popularity and appeal so much that it is celebrated all over the world with a whole host of different celebrations. An increasing number of women, both single and in relationships, use the day to acknowledge and celebrate the strength of their female friendships, paying homage to inspirational women in their lives. It's so popular that you can now get Galentine's Day cards and gifts, and throw Galentine's Day parties.
So how should I celebrate?
There's no right or wrong way of celebrating Galentine's Day. You could play tribute to the origins of the day and host a waffle brunch a la Lesley Snopes. Or you could gather your girlfriends together and make reservations at a fancy restaurant, pamper yourselves with a spa day, exchange gifts, pop a bottle of champagne. It's your Galentine's Day, you can choose to celebrate it however you want!
So there you have it, the ultimate guide to Galentine's Day. Now go and celebrate those fabulous females in your life and show them how much you care!