Valentine’s Day is just a couple days away. Celebrations are usually solely based on current relationship status. Thankfully, in 2010, Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation (Amy Poehler), introduced us to Galentine’s Day; a day of love between girlfriends. According to Knope, “Every February 13th, 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."
Galentine's Day has gained traction in recent years, with an increasing number of women, both single and in relationships, using the day to acknowledge the strength of their female friendships. While Valentine’s Day was originally celebrated as a Roman fertility party, its morphed into a menagerie of trinkets and cheap boxes of chocolates. Galentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to just focus on all things female and show how much you appreciate the women in your life.
Los Angeles magazine recently interviewed Los Angeles event planner and creative consultant Emilee Sutherland, who has been organizing picture-perfect Galentine’s celebrations since 2014. “I’ve always been a champion of loving on your girls. I think it started for me because I was the only one married and I hated how much my friends hated Valentine’s Day, so I wanted to show them they could take it back and make it about love of everyone,” she says. “And now more than ever, we need to take a moment on February 13, 14, 15—or every freaking spare moment in our lives—to do something nice for our ladies and tell them they are awesome, they are badasses, and that they are loved.”
Celebrate G-day with your besties over a martini, some cake, or a night on the town because we all need more occasions to love each other and ourselves.
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