What Is Galentine's Day?

Firstly, you shouldn't need a day to celebrate a loved one. You can celebrate their friendship every day of the year if you want to, but in a season that typically focuses on romantic love, those who don't have someone to cuddle up with on with on Valentine's Day might feel a little left out. Thankfully, there's now an unofficial holiday that's becoming more and more celebrated on Valentine's Day Eve (13th February) to help fill that void.

It doesn't matter if you're single, happily coupled or somewhere in between, celebrating Galentine's Day and recognising the importance of friendship can help build on some of the most important relationships in our lives.

So, how did it start?

We've got Parks and Recreation character Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) to thank. She introduced the fictional holiday in an episode to celebrate her own female friends on 13th February way back in 2010.

“Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Who can celebrate the day?

Galentine's Day is pretty much exclusionary - and it's not just for the ladies either. It's all about sharing your affection for the people you're not romantically linked with with. It's a celebration of friendship and the people who stick by your side as romantic relationships come and go. It’s a day dedicated to showing the most important people in your life how much you care about them. Yes, it’s a tad cheesy, but that's what makes it great.

Why wait until 2022?

If you missed Galentine's Day in 2021, there's no need to wait until 2022 to be able to celebrate your besties. We've got a selection of greeting cards that are handy to have in your top drawer for the special friends in your life. 


February 13, 2021 — Marie Eves

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