“What’s ‘Galentine’s Day’? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every Feb. 13, Leslie Knope and her lady friends leave their husbands and their boyfriends at home and just kick it breakfast style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!” is the definition of “Galentine’s Day” according to parksandrecreation.wikia.com.
In Season 2 of “Parks and Recreation,” Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, introduced the holiday of “Galentine’s Day.” The holiday takes place the day before Valentine’s Day, and since the fictional holiday’s origin in 2010, “Galentine’s Day” has been celebrated by binge watchers and Knope voters (fans of the show) alike.
Junior Gillian Abrams is one such fan. “I just heard of ‘Galentine’s Day’ last spring after watching the entire ‘Parks and Recreation’ show during spring break,” Abrams said, “this will be my first year celebrating it.”
In Knope’s “Galentine’s Day”, she celebrates with seven other women including her coworker, April Ludgate, best friend, Ann Perkins, and mother. They celebrate the holiday at a local restaurant and Knope gives her gals some custom gifts. They receive “a bouquet of hand-crocheted flower pens, a mosaic portrait of each of them made from the crushed bottles of their favorite diet soda and a personalized 5,000 word essay of why they're all so awesome,” according to parksandrecreation.wikia.com.
Abrams said she plans on “getting dinner and doing a small gift exchange” with her friends. “‘Galentine’s Day’ is special to me because it is a time to celebrate my closest friends and how we have grown even closer over the years,” she said.
Although many women celebrate “Galentine’s Day” by emulating Knope, as Abrams did, with food and gifts, how one celebrates “Galentine’s Day” is not what is important.
Junior Emily Bjorkman at Olentangy High School said, "Sometimes we exchange gag gifts or silly cards, but what I most care for is their (Bjorkman’s friends) presence.
“There’s not a right way to celebrate [‘Galentine’s Day’], so I don’t ever celebrate it one way. I just make an effort to spend time with friends and let them know that while my boyfriend is important, my friends matter just as much and deserve time and attention.”
Despite the shows popularity and the growing participation in “Galentine’s Day” there are many girls who have yet to participate in the holiday. Abrams would encourage more people to get in the spirit and take some time to celebrate their gals. Abrams said, “All girls should celebrate ‘Galentine’s Day’, single or not. It is a great way to spend time with friends and be happy and everyone deserves that. It is a cute tradition that people should definitely start.”
Bjorkman celebrates “Galentine’s Day” because “too often our society diminishes the value of friendship as compared to romantic love. If we can set aside time for a significant other, we can surly take the time to enjoy the girls as well,” she said.
Bjorkman reminds everyone “It is important for girls not to drop their friends at the first sign of an interested boy. ‘Galentine’s Day’ is a way to remind us how important women are to each other. Platonic love is necessary for a healthy mind and a healthy relationship.
Unfortunately, “Galentine’s Day” is currently exclusive to women, as the name would suggest. Junior Dominic Fleshman said “it’d be really cool if there was a ‘Galentine’s Day’ day for guys.” He suggested calling it “Palentine’s Day”.
Although guys do not have their own official day, there’s nothing stopping them from celebrating their friendships. It does not need to be an elaborate event; just taking some time to hang with the “bros” and play video games together can commemorate a friendship.
Bjorkman said, “Love comes in all forms- a boyfriend, a mother, a puppy, chocolate ice cream. The most often forgotten, and arguably the most important, is a friend.”
Happy “Galentine’s Day”!