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Galentine’s Day

gal-uhn-tahyns day ]

What is Galentine's Day?

Observed on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day celebrates platonic friendships, usually among women. It originated on the show Parks and Recreation.

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Examples of Galentine’s Day

happy galentine's day to the amazing and strong women in my life thx for being such wonderful inspirations to better myself every day ily - face blowing a kiss emoji - heart with arrow emoji
@catswithbenefts, February 13, 2017
Every day can be Galentine’s Day if you want it to be. Surround yourself with positive people who know their passions, who don’t apologize for their decisions, and who don’t humor the haters.
Kathleen Smith, The Fangirl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal, 2016

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Who uses Galentine’s Day?

While Galentine’s Day is more popular among women, the holiday itself can also include, as long as the relationship is non-romantic, male and other nonbinary friends.

Just as one can be someone’s valentine on Valentine’s Day, so one can be a galentine on Galentine’s Day, e.g., “Will you be my galentine?” As such, a galentine is a playful, affectionate term for a close friend. Galentine is also sometimes used as a blend of gay and valentine and is not to be confused with galantine, a fish dish.

Galentine’s Day has become widely used by brands to sell products marketed for women, particularly self-care products or gifts. In January 2017, Target curated items under a special Galentine’s Day section on its website. The items were mostly cooking appliances or food, DVDs of romantic comedies, and crafting activities. Other brands like Shari’s Berries and Penguin Books also jumped on board in 2017, using the hashtag #GalentinesDay to market products on February 13. Lifestyle blogs also publish articles explaining how to throw Galentine’s Day parties.

Celebrities have also joined in the festivities. In 2017, Blake Lively teamed up with cosmetics brand L’Oreal to throw an Instagram-ready Galentine’s Day party, and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda created a Galentine’s Day playlist for his followers on Spotify.

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