Galentine’s Day is a holiday about joy, laughter, fun, and women. To quote the great Leslie Knope on the TV show “Parks and Recreation” from which the day gets its origins, “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year…Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus Frittatas”. Considered by some to be the anti-Valentines Day, Galentine’s Day is held every year on February 13. So this year, gather your best girlfriends together and celebrate the awesomeness of the ladies in your life. Whether you get together for a low-key movie night or do it up big with dinner and dancing, don’t let this holiday pass you by without your gals at your side.
Why We Love Galentine's Day
A. It’s a great excuse to hang out with your besties
Life can get in the way of hanging out of friends — work, family, and the gym all end up getting prioritized over a couple hours spent with your girlfriends. Having a day like Galentine’s Day on the calendar gives us the excuse we need to set aside some time to really appreciate and enjoy the women who are always there for us.
B. Because it’s always a great time to celebrate women
Women, as mothers, sisters, aunts and friends, make our lives richer and fuller. Most women know there are few things as relaxing as spending a few hours with a group of girlfriends. It's also invigorating and reviving. Nothing puts us in a better mood than hanging out with our ladies! We love any excuse to celebrate these women!
C. Who doesn’t love an excuse to brunch?
Traditionally, Galentine’s Day is celebrated by going out to brunch. And really, is there any more celebratory meal? Combining the best of breakfast and lunch, you have every option at your disposal: eggs, sandwiches, salad, pancakes. Each gal gets what she wants — plus drinks. So grab a mimosa, a a bloody mary, or a glass of orange juice and let's toast to your favorite ladies!
How to Celebrate Galentine's Day
1. Throw a Galentine’s Day party
Move the brunch to your house or rent out a table at your favorite local spot and invite all the women in your life who make you happy. Take a page from the TV show the day is based on and make small gifts for each of your friends to show them how much you appreciate them. Then just relax and spend a few hours eating, drinking, and enjoying each other's company.
2. Send a card
Buy or make note cards and write a short message to all your best girlfriends to let them know what they mean to you. You might even want to include a photo or two or an anecdote to remind them of the great times you’ve had together. Taking the time to write and send a handwritten note really shows how much you car, and gives your gals a token of your love.
3. Schedule a group spa day
What better way is there to make you feel special and appreciated than a day at the spa? Schedule massages, facials, and manis and pedis and then enjoy the day getting pampered with your girlfriends. Top the spa session off with a meal at your favorite restaurant (or schedule it for after brunch) and we can guarantee Galentine’s Day will become part of your yearly calendar!
Facts About Parks And Rec's "Galentine's Day"
1. Guest Stars
Leslie tries to reunite her mom with her old flame played by John Larroquette.
2. 4.98 Million Viewers
4.98 million people watched it when it first aired—that's the population of South Carolina.
3. Fan favorite
It's the highest-rated episode of the season.
4. Even Businesses Embraced It
Not to be overshadowed by its romantic successor, businesses from Lyft to Target promote it on Twitter every year.
The episode aired in 2010, but its impact will live on forever.