Galentine’s Day is February 13th and it is a great excuse to have a fun time with your friends! In 2010, the tv show Parks and Recreation released an episode called Galentine’s Day where the character Leslie Knope explained, “Every February 13th, my lady-friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it…Ladies celebrating ladies.” Thus, a holiday was born! It’s perfect for single people and people in a relationship. It’s a fun opportunity to celebrate friendship. Though the original episode was woman-specific, Galentine’s Day doesn’t need to be bound by gender identity. Ladies, Gentleman, and Non-binary individuals can all use an excuse to get together with friends for a special day!
How do you celebrate?
In the episode, Leslie and her friends mostly stick to a large breakfast where they exchange gifts. This is a great way to celebrate the holiday! I personally like the breakfast idea, because it feels original. So many holidays are focused on large dinners, so why not indulge in pancakes, omelettes, and bacon?
The only problem with breakfast is that it can be hard to plan. We all have a friend who shows up 15 minutes late to everything and if you factor in the time it takes them to wake up, you could be stuck waiting for a while. Brunch might be the way to go. Having your food a little later in the day is easier to plan. It would also be very fun to do this as a picnic if weather permits. It can definitely be icy in February, but sometimes you are gifted a nice day for a blanket and food spread!
Other than the brunch, it could be fun to go for a nice walk together or go rollerblading. The purpose of the day is to celebrate your community and bond with your friends. So, pick activities that are conducive to conversation like bowling rather than silent activities like seeing a movie.
Do I need to buy gifts?
The fun thing about Galentine’s Day is that there are no hard and fast rules to it. It’s a made up holiday, so you get to make up the traditions that feel right to you and your crew! As far as gifts go, it would be nice to at least make a card for the people you will be spending February 13th with. Craft a nice, heartfelt message to show your appreciation for the friends in your life. People tend to borrow the colors of Valentine’s Day for Galentine’s Day, but you can really make this your own. Maybe for your friend group, the color scheme can be yellow and orange or green and blue! There are a million ways to personalize this holiday.
If cards aren’t enough or you want to splurge a little, you can definitely opt for presents! There is no expectation that you should spend a lot of money on this holiday, but a gift card would be a nice gesture. With a gift card, your friends could pick what they wanted for themselves! Alternatively, this is a great holiday to give books. Books are great gifts, because you can personalize it based on your friends’ interests. The book topics should stay relatively light though. Think Breakfast at Tiffany’s rather than In Cold Blood. Who knows? Maybe this year’s Galentine’s Day will be the start of your friend circle’s new book group!