Galentine’s Day

Someone once said that having a boyfriend is like having a stupid son. That person was right. So ladies, get a babysitter for the night and grab your gal pals because Feb. 13 is your day.

Galentine’s Day, a fictional holiday from the television show Parks and Recreation, has become a reality. The holiday was born on season 2, episode 16, when Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, hosted a Galentine’s Day party to celebrate the friendship of women. Knope explained the day as, “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. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” After the episode aired, women everywhere were intrigued by the made-up holiday and decided to host their own Galentine’s Day parties in honor of Knope.

Pink and red decorations, heart-shaped balloons and mountains of chocolate are all things that make Galentine’s Day so great. Many women will have waffle bars or go out to brunch to stick to the tradition Knope set in place on Parks and Recreation, but it’s not required. Some women will host Galentine’s Day parties in place of an anti-Valentine’s Day party, celebrating their single lives, and later crying because they watched too many Nicholas Sparks movies.

Whether you are cramming 9 assorted chocolates down your throat while choking on tears (an extreme sport not to be messed with) or laughing with your girlfriends over pancakes, Galentine’s Day is truly about the friendship of women. Single and bitter, complicated and bitter or coupled and happy, women everywhere should take advantage of this day to take a break from all of the struggles of being in a relationship or lack thereof. So call a babyitter, AKA your significant other’s friends, and take the day for yourself. Happy Galentine’s Day!