Whoever said Valentine’s Day was only about celebrating romantic love was wrong. There’s a special day dedicated to celebrating female friendship - Galentine’s Day. Whether you're joyously single, happily coupled or somewhere in between, taking a day to recognise the importance of friendship can only help strengthen some of the most important relationships in our lives.
Where does Galentine’s Day come from?
Galentine’s Day was created in 2010 by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope in the American TV series Parks and Recreation. This fictional holiday has gained a lot of traction in the real world since then. And as Leslie describes it, “It’s only the best day of the year! Every 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 a day to show your appreciation for your female friends and family who are always by your side - the ones who stick with you through thick and thin and always have your back. And more than that it’s a day to celebrate the power of female friendships and relationships. It’s celebrated on the day before Valentine’s Day - 13th of February.
How to celebrate Galentine’s Day?
This day is all about the women in your life who are always there for you. Be it your sister, mother, or friend, female friendships are very important and there is nothing like it. Girls like to hang out, talk, share secrets, and create memories all the time so there aren’t any specific traditions for this day. Head to your favourite cafe, have a picnic in the park, spend an afternoon with your gal pal at the salon, or just order in a pizza and watch movies.
In the TV show Leslie Knope takes her gal pals to brunch - so you could of course do the same! Share a couple of mimosas, treat yourself with a waffle and just be with your friends.
Flowers for Galentine’s Day
Why not give your friends a beautiful bouquet of flowers? Flowers are always a good choice to show the people in your life that you care.
There are plenty of beautiful blooms that symbolise friendship, perfect for celebrating your female friends. Here are some of our favourites.
Tulips are acknowledged as the symbol of everlasting love. However, the love they represent extends beyond romance. It could also translate to unconditional love, such as parental love and friendship.
The beautiful blooms of the alstroemeria connect to a meaning of friendship, love, strength and devotion. They’re often thought to represent mutual support and the ability to help each other so for this reason, they’re the perfect flower to say “I’ve got your back”.
Sunflower bouquets are a perfect reflection of a close bond between friends and loved ones. Their vibrant yellow petals symbolise shared cheerfulness between friends and are perfect symbol of a friendship that lasts forever.
Chrysanthemums symbolise joyfulness and a feeling of optimism. If you’re delighted about your friendship and have hopefulness for the future of your relationship, these are the perfect flowers to include in your next bouquet.
Purple hydrangea flowers symbolise deep understanding. However, they carry this meaning without the notions of regret or apology. Instead, the added meaning of gratefulness makes purple hydrangeas a wonderful flower for an enduring relationship.