What is National Girlfriends Day?
Ladies, it’s time for some real talk.
Romantic partners will come and go. Jobs are won and lost. But no matter what happens, your girls will be there in a crunch. Today is National Girlfriends Day, an annual event that rolls around every August 1. It’s a time to honor your “ride or die” crew of homegirls! So, why do we love our girlfriends so much? Because they’re like sisters but without any of the growing-up baggage. Plus, when times are tough, your girls will let you vent and when you’re done; they will offer up the support you need to get through.
Spa days, weekend retreats, pajama parties complete with wine and nachos are even better when your girlfriends join in the fun. This year on National Girlfriends Day, spend some delicious time gossiping about lovers past, present and future. Discuss your hopes and dreams in a really safe space, the circle of sisterhood.
National Girlfriends Day History
Every year on August 1, National Today workers face the same question: Why does National Girlfriends Day celebrate platonic female friendships, while National Boyfriend Day’s all about romance? That’s a good question. (Even better than the one about the “12 Days of Christmas.” Do they start on December 13? Christmas Day? Somewhere in between? Answer: Christmas Day.) Now then, since women have battled blatant sexism throughout recorded history, it’s little wonder female friendships have grown so strong. Do the math. When society’s against you, there’s strength in numbers. Men, for the most part, remain oblivious to this sort of thing — constantly wondering how and why women develop such strong same-sex friendships.
Jennifer Lopez: “Oh my God, my girlfriends are everything to me.”
Ever hear of David Carney? He’s the skateboard magazine writer who coined the term “bromance” — a much-needed word to describe the awkward emotional bond straight men have for each other that no one seemed to mention until the turn of the century. Carney was on to something, of course. Men need each other the same way women need each other — only women aren’t afraid to hold hands and host sleepovers. Men can learn something from this. “Honey, Phil’s coming over to spend the night. We’ll be upstairs in our pajamas giggling about Tom Brady.” Imagine that.
Jennifer Aniston: You know when I feel inwardly beautiful? When I am with my girlfriends and we are having a “goddess circle.”
Galmances happen all the time. Witness the slew of TV shows documenting their every stage. While somewhat difficult to stomach, especially during the incessant bickering between Bethenny and Carole over Carole’s on/off boyfriend Adam (Bethenny called him “a bit of an operator”), these girls demonstrate a level of commitment and passion with one another most men can only dream about. Suck it up, gentlemen, and commence the all-male dinner parties. And no take-out!
National Girlfriends Day Related Holidays
This October 3 holiday traditionally celebrates the romantic/physical bond between unmarried women and men (or men and men) (or motorcycles and men) — rather than the emotional/spiritual friendships between women. Boyfriends, on this day, expect something nice to happen — as if it’s their second birthday or something. In reality, boyfriends should just probably pipe down and appreciate their girlfriends more.
National Couples Day is a fairly recent day celebrated on August 18. There’s also a Couples Appreciation Day on May 1. The idea is for couples to honor the strength of their relationship with each other. To celebrate, a couple might exchange heartfelt cards with each other or give special gifts that have significant meaning to each person in the relationship. If it’s a married couple, they might renew their vows.
Not good at math? You can still understand this: 1 Girlfriend + $20,000 Wedding = Wife. Remember, marriage won’t make a weak relationship any better. Do us all a favor and seek counseling instead. On the other hand, strong, mature, healthy relationships can survive anything — even 35 years together. Wife Appreciation Day falls on September 15. Think of it as a second anniversary — for her! She might need one.
National Girlfriends Day FAQs
What is National Boyfriend Day?
National Boyfriend Day falls on October 3 every year. It’s a day to let your boyfriend know how much he means to you. National Boyfriend Day reminds everyone with a boyfriend to take special notice of that special someone and how they make your life better.
Is National Girlfriends Day a real holiday?
There’s a National Girlfriends Day celebrated every year on August 1. It’s not a holiday in the sense that you get the day off from work, though that would be nice. But National Girlfriends Day is a bonding occasion for women and girls to spend time doing fun together and showing appreciation for their friendship.
This day was launched as a promotional tool for a book by Kathleen Laing and Elizabeth Butterfield, “Girlfriends Getaway,” which was published in 2002.
Is today National Kissing Day?
No. National Kissing Day, which is also known as World Kiss Day or International Kissing, takes place annually on July 6. Some sources indicate that this day started in the 19th century in England. Kissing is recognized all over the world as a way of showing love and affection. In France, you can greet someone by kissing them on either cheek! Not only is it a pleasurable activity, you can actually reduce stress and burn calories by kissing.
National Girlfriends Day Activities
Organize a paint night with your girls
Painting and drinking? Sign me up! Going to a paint nite is a sweet idea for a night out with your girls—you even get a souvenir to remember it. For those who are not so artistically-inclined, the staff gives easy-to-understand instructions for the painting of the night. If yours still comes out bad.... just blame the alcohol.
Instagram or it didn't happen
Nothing says "I love you" than a selfie with the favorite females in your life. Why can't #WCW be every day?
Everyone loves a spa day
Invite the girls over for a spa night! Make your own pedicures, facials, the works. Your girlfriends will thank you for the pamper-filled day.
Why We Love National Girlfriends Day
They're with us through the best and worst of times
We might be living the high life or getting pounded by life's lemons but no matter what, they're always there to offer perspective, celebrate our strengths, and provide unconditional love.
They make the best dessert buddies
Whether you just want to indulge in a sweet treat or you're going through a tough breakup, there's no better person to eat ice cream straight out of the carton with.
They know how to party
Few people can top a night out with your girls. Since they know you better than anyone else, they know exactly what you need to have a good time. Whether that be dancing, eating a nice dinner, or just posting up on the couch, you can always count on them to paint the town red!
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