We all know about Valentine’s Day – and how it’s traditionally a day for couples. And indeed, February 14 continues to be a great day to celebrate the romantic partner in your life. (There are many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day – including, of course, staying in with a couples massage). But we all have other loved ones besides boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands and wives. Perhaps that is why the great prophet of our times, Leslie Knope, created a holiday that is today called Galentine’s Day. Galentine’s Day is traditionally (well, since 2010) celebrated on February 13, or Valentine’s Day Eve Eve.
According to its creator, Galentine’s is a holiday meant to honor friendship, and all the good friends you love. While Leslie Knope suggested that you celebrate Galentine’s with “ladies celebrating ladies… breakfast style.” Naturally you can incorporate some Parks and Recreation-approved waffles and sweet mimosas into your Galentine’s Day. That said, there are many other great ways to celebrate this new platonic holiday.
Time with friends
In our busy days, it can be hard to find time to schedule get-togethers. Make sure you make a plan to catch up with your BFFs this Galentine’s Day. (Even though originally for “gals,” there’s no reason not to invite your gent friends too.) Watch a movie that celebrates friendship, have breakfast for dinner, or book a girls’ spa party for the occasion (it’s easy!)
You don’t have to buy red roses for Galentine’s Day. Look for other presents for your best friends that are truly special. While at Zeel we’re always in favor of massage gift cards, other great Galentine’s Day presents include friendship bracelets (if it’s good enough for the President of the United States, it’s good enough for you), candles, diaries – think personalization. Or why not give an IOU for a girlfriend getaway in the summer?
A Galentine’s Day for one
Of course, as Whitney Houston once put it, the greatest love of all is inside of you. If you’re on the I side of the Myers-Briggs scale, there’s nothing wrong at all with taking some time for yourself. (New Year’s Eve alone is a real treat for introverts, for example.) Light a candle, grab the lavender oil, bake some cookies, or book that massage delivery to your home that you’ve been craving.
Marcy is the SVP of People and Communications at Zeel. In addition to overseeing the humans of Zeel, Marcy has written about workplace topics for more than 20 years both at Zeel and as VP of Content for Vault.com, a career information web site and publisher.