Today I was walking down the hall at work and my co-worked Kelly had a bouquet of gorgeous flowers. I couldn't help but ask if she got them from a new boyfriend. She said, "No, it's Galentine's Day.  I got them from a girl friend." I thought that was pretty darn cool. I might just have to jump on this Galentine's Day train. It's fun to spoil our friends from time to time and this is a good reason.

Photo: Alli Mae
Photo: Alli Mae

In the slang dictionary the term Galentine's Day is observed on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day celebrates platonic friendships, usually among women. Where ladies can go out for a lunch or dinner date, buy thoughtful gifts or even flowers.

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Where did this term come from? The best thing about Galentine’s Day is that it was created by a fictional character: Leslie Knope of Parks and Recreation. This was back in 2010, the second season of Parks and Rec included an episode called “Galentine’s Day,” in which Leslie gathers a group of her closest gal pals for a brunch of waffles and love.

“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,” Leslie says in the episode. “Ladies celebrating ladies.” And thus, Galentine’s Day was unofficially added to everyone’s calendar.

It's funny because it's a made up holiday that now it's recognized by many as an actual holiday. There are companies now that run Galentine’s Day promotions. So the idea took off.

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