Galentine's Day timeline
Galentine's Day turns ten
The "Galentine's Day" episode that sparked the cultural phenomenon aired ten years ago on February 11, 2010.
Make new friends but keep the old
Galentine's Day is celebrated again on Parks and Recreation, this time in an effort to find a new best friend for Leslie Knope after the departure of Ann Perkins, Knope's long-time BFF.
A celebration is born
The primetime show's invention sees so much popularity that it becomes a trending topic on Twitter the following year.
Galentine's Day is first celebrated
Season 2, Episode 16 of Parks and Recreation sees the female cast members celebrating the holiday with brunch and a gift exchange.
Stats about Galentine's Day
Galentine's Day FAQs
Who created Galentine's Day?
What are some ways to celebrate Galentine's Day?
Here are four good ones:
- Send your girlfriends a card
- Get your girlfriends a gift
- Pamper yourselves
Is Galentine's Day celebrated every year?
Galentine's Day Activities
Get your girlfriends together
A Galentine's Day celebration isn't so without rallying the ladies together! If you can't all be together in person, a group Skype or FaceTime session will suffice. Whatever the case may be, make sure you're sharing fond memories, lots of laughter, and maybe a few tears -- happy ones only.
Eat, drink, and be merry
Perhaps you'll take a feather from Leslie's cap and get the girls together for brunch (waffles in particular), or maybe your girl gang is more of a bottle-of-wine-at-happy-hour plus a cheeseboard type of group. Nothing brings friends together like food, and Galentine's Day is the perfect excuse to indulge in something delicious with your favorite ladies by your side.
Treat yo' selves
Parks and Recreation gifted us a wealth of memes, "treat yo' self" being one, Galentine's Day being another. Donna Meagle would be proud if you got the girls together for mani-pedis, facials, or a group trip to the spa for a day of pampering.
Facts About Parks And Rec's "Galentine's Day"
Leslie tries to reunite her mom with her old flame played by John Larroquette.
4.98 Million Viewers
4.98 million people watched it when it first aired—that's the population of South Carolina.
It's the highest-rated episode of the season.
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.
Why We Love Galentine's Day
It shows how awesome women are
Women rock, and when women support one another, they rock even more. Galentine's Day allows women to celebrate one another's achievements, both solo and within their friendships.
It celebrates platonic friendships
Relationships may come and go -- and Valentine's Day can be a stark reminder of that -- but good friendships are steadfast. Friendships continue to be an important role in our lives, particularly in our adult years, because they create a sense of stability in a world that is increasingly mobile.
It defies cultural norms
Galentine's Day found a gap in the market to acknowledge one of the most common yet unrecognized entities in our lives: Female friendship. With the inception of the #WomenSupportWomen movement and other endorsements of female empowerment, Galentine's Day becomes an increasingly important movement to celebrate the people in our life that don't often receive praise.