Considering it was created less than 10 years ago, Galentine's Day is probably not going to pop up as an official holiday on your calendar. But that doesn't mean it's not worth celebrating! Truly, if you're going to pick one fake holiday to get pumped about, it shouldn't be National Pizza Day, Star Wars Day, or whatever else. It should be Galentine's Day. Why? Because it's a whole day dedicated to smothering your female friends with even more love than you usually do. Read on to learn more about how to properly recognize your new fave holiday.
OK, WHAT IS GALENTINE'S DAY?
According to Urban Dictionary, Galentine's Day is celebrated on February 13, the day before that other made-up holiday (ahem, Valentine's Day). It's a day for celebrating the love you have for your lady friends, whether they're single or not. Basically, it's a day dedicated to showering your closest friends with love and attention more than you do every other day.
WHO INVENTED IT?
Excellent question! The best thing about Galentine's Day is that it was created by a fictional character: Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation. In 2010, the second season of Parks and Rec included an episode called "Galentine's Day," in which Leslie gathers a group of her closest gal pals for a brunch of waffles and love. "Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style," Leslie says in the episode. "Ladies celebrating ladies." And thus, Galentine's Day was unofficially added to everyone's calendar. No, seriously: According to The Atlantic, it's such a widely recognized fake holiday that some companies now run Galentine's Day promotions. What could be more real than that?
I'M STRESSED. HOW DO I CELEBRATE?
OMG! Don't be stressed. First off, just like Valentine's Day, you are free to skip Galentine's Day. But, considering it's all about showering your friends with affection, why would you want to?
There's no wrong way to celebrate. You could pay tribute to Leslie Knope, the foremother of Galentine's Day, by hosting a waffle brunch. Or you could gather your pals for a wine-and-cheese happy hour, make a reservation at a fancy restaurant, make a group mani-pedi appointment, or pop champagne and celebrate how great it is to be in a room without men for a few hours. It's your Galentine's Day and you can celebrate however you want.
DOES THIS MEAN I NEED TO BUY STUFF?
Only if you want. Here's where you can start.
IS GALENTINE'S ONLY FOR ~LADIES~?
Nah. Anyone and everyone can celebrate Galentine's Day. At its gooey heart, Galentine's Day is a celebration of friendship and the people who stick by your side as romantic relationships come and go. Like the holiday it precedes, it's a day dedicated to showing the most important people in your life how much you care about them. It's corny. It's cheesy. And that's what makes it great.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.