Galentine

or Galentine's Day

[gal-uh‚ÄČn-tahyn]  

What does Galentine mean?

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Observed on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day celebrates platonic friendships, usually among women.

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Examples of Galentine

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Examples of Galentine
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 2017
Sometimes I feel I am annoying, but then @RakelH13 fixes that. She is the best Galentine. #Galentinesday
@adaissquishy, February 2016

Where does Galentine come from?

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On February 11, 2010, the TV sitcom Parks and Recreation released an episode called ‚ÄúGalentine‚Äôs Day‚ÄĚ (Season 2, Episode 16). In this episode, the effervescent and earnest lead character Leslie Knope explained the made-up holiday, Galentine‚Äôs Day: ‚ÄúEvery 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. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.‚ÄĚ The word galentine itself blends gal and valentine.

Since the episode, Galentine’s Day expanded into the broader popular culture. Some actual Galentine’s Day celebrations involve getting together with friends to exchange small gifts and eat brunch, especially waffles, a favorite of Knope’s character on Parks and Recreation.

One 2017 New York Post op-ed called out the ‚Äúrebranding‚ÄĚ and commercializing of Galentine‚Äôs Day. According to writer Hailey Eber, making Galentine‚Äôs Day mainstream takes the fun and sincerity of ‚Äúeschewing Valentine‚Äôs Day‚ÄĚ out of it. But as Megan Garber wrote for The Atlantic, the ‚Äúnormalizing‚ÄĚ of Galentine‚Äôs Day is a ‚Äúsubversive‚ÄĚ action that should be celebrated.

Who uses Galentine?

Galentine‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Day parties.

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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.

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 non-binary gender friends.

Just as one can be one‚Äôs valentine on Valentine‚Äôs Day, so one can be another‚Äôs galentine on Galentine‚Äôs Day, e.g., ‚ÄúWill you be my galentine?‚ÄĚ 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.

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