It’s February and love is in the air, though maybe not the kind of love you might expect. We all know about Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, which is celebrated by couples in love, but do you know the holiday to celebrate on Feb. 13?
Galentine’s Day, which takes place the day before Valentine’s, is all about, you guessed it, celebrating gal pals. The holiday became popular in 2010 when the hit TV show, “Parks and Recreation,” aired an episode in which all the female characters came together for a Galentine’s Day party. Today many fans of the show annually celebrate in different ways.
“I think that the focus on celebrating your friendship with your female friends is an awesome thing,” Brywn Jones, a junior from Mesa, Ariz., studying English, said. “Platonic relationships are every bit as important as romantic relationships.”
Monday night, Feb. 12, Jones joined a group of friends with their very own Galentine’s Day party on campus. The party was equipped with a waffle bar, which is another reference to “Parks and Recreation” character Leslie Knope, and decorations galore. Female friends took pictures in front of a Galentine’s Day backdrop with signs like, “Girl Power” and “I love you a waffle lot.”
“It was fun to just get together with friends and just hang out!” MaCall Jolley, a pre-nursing senior from Cedar City, said. “You can still feel ‘a part’ of the Valentine’s season without having [the pressure] to have a significant other.”
Galentine’s Day may seem silly to boys, but there’s been rumors of Palentine’s Day starting up. Regardless of your gender, February is the season of love and love deserves to be celebrated.