Join me in celebrating Galentine’s Day

Megan Behnke, Staff Writer

The most romance-laden day of the year is February 14, Valentine’s Day. Tuesday February 6 has been deemed “Red Tuesday,” or the most popular day to break up. Right in between the two is February 13 — Galentine’s Day. What started as a fictional day on the popular NBC series Parks and Recreation, is now a holiday celebrated in real life.

Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knopp explains Galentine’s Day by saying: “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,” explains Knope. And it’s just that. A day dedicated to ladies celebrating ladies. It reminds all the ladies out there that you don’t need a guy or a partner to make you happy. All you need are your friends.

I love the idea of Galentine’s Day. I love the fact that it started as a fictional day on a TV show, and blossomed from there into an international holiday that celebrates women treating themselves. I’m not especially romantic, and if I had to choose only one day in February to celebrate, it would be Galentine’s Day. It’s a day I can be with my girlfriends and eschew the romance.

We can be ourselves, hang out, and take total ownership of the day. Considering the fact that most of my friends are currently in relationships, it would be nice to have a day where we don’t talk about their significant others. We talk about each other, and what’s going on in our lives. Sure, we can do that any other day, but let’s take this particular day to celebrate it.

There are many holidays celebrating many different things. But only a few celebrate specifically women, with no romantic subtext. Sure, not many women celebrate it right now, but growing numbers are starting to mark it on their calendars. Let’s see that trend flourish in the future — and cheers to all the gals out there!