We know that in February there is Valentine’s Day which occurs every year on February 14th, but did you know that there is another holiday before Valentine’s Day? It is called Galentine’s Day and it is celebrated annually the day before Valentine’s Day on February 13th. Rather than romantic love, the theme of Galentine’s Day is friendship, namely the friendship between women.
Galentine’s Day first started in February 2010 from a NBC comedy show titled, “Parks and Recreation.” One of the characters on the show Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, introduced viewers to Galentine’s Day as a day to spend with female friends where boyfriends and husbands were not invited. In this episode, Leslie Knope created special gifts for each friend showing her friends how much she appreciated them. Then, in March 2014, an episode titled, “Galentine’s Day” launched and the name stuck.
There are no hard and fast rules for this relatively new holiday. Some possibilities might be giving and receiving small gifts, or going out for a meal with your friends. Another suggestion would be to send a Galentine’s Day card, conveniently located next to Valentine’s Day cards. Some other no cost options are listed below:
Reach Out: Set aside some time out of your busy day to spend time with friends. If you are unable to meet in person, taking the time to call or send a card is the best gift you can give.
Be a Good Listener: By being empathetic, attentive and a good sounding board, you can strengthen the bond you have with your friends.
Go Out on the Town: Have a girl’s night out – post on social media using #Galentine’s Day.
The Bellevue University Library has some excellent resources about female friendships.
Here are a few titles:
Always Shine (Video) (87 minutes). Kanopy, 2016.
Best Friends: The Pleasures and Perils of Girls’ and Women’s Friendships. By T.E. Apter. BF575.F66 A68 1998
Friends Forever: How Girls and Women Forge Lasting Relationships by Suzanne Degges-White. BF575.F66 D44 2011.
Two Women by Marianne Fredricksson. PT9876.16.R475 F5713 2001
Women’s Best Friendships: Beyond Betty, Veronica, Thelma and Louise by Patricia Rind. ProQuest Central Electronic Book.
Happy Galentine’s Day! Not Sure What that is? Here’s a Quick Rundown. By Jaclyn Reiss. February 13, 2019.
Your Ultimate Guide to Galentine’s Day. By Hannah Smothers. January 28, 2019.