Celebrate the love of friendship

There is no greater love than the love between friends, especially the love between best friends. Your best friend is one of the few people in the world who accepts you for you who are.

This love is not something that should be ignored, but instead celebrated. And Galentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to set aside a day to do just that.

According to NPR, Galentine’s Day was created by “Parks and Recreation” as a fictional holiday, but since then it has gained momentum and been celebrated as a popular commercial holiday. (Photo by ATC Comm Photo)

What is Galentine’s Day?

According to Urban Dictionary, Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. It is a day for celebrating the love you have for your lady friends, whether they are single or not. It is a day dedicated to showering your closest friends with love and attention, more than you do every other day.

Who invented it?

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 Recreation” 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 lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style, ladies celebrating ladies” Leslie says in the episode. And thus, Galentine’s Day was unofficially added to everyone’s calendar. According to The Atlantic, it is such a widely recognized fake holiday that some companies now run Galentine’s Day promotions.

How do I celebrate?

There is 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 with your closest friends for a few hours. It is your Galentine’s Day, and you can celebrate however you want.

Is Galentine’s Day only for ladies?

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 is a day dedicated to showing the most important people in your life how much you care about them. It is corny and cheesy, but that is what makes it great.

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