Girls, celebrate, Galentine’s Day, Feb 13

Why do girls celebrate ‘Galentine’s Day’ across the world on Feb 13?

Most people celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb 14 every year, but there’s new day being celebrated worldwide called ‘Galentine’s Day’ marked by women alone, but do you know what is that?

As the name would suggest, Galentine’s Day is a celebration of female friendship.

The term was popularised following the release of a 2010 episode of US sitcom Parks and Recreation, according to a report.

Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, explains its meaning while throwing an annual Galentine’s Day bash for her friends. 

Galentine’s Day has gained traction in recent years, with an increasing number of women, both single and in relationships, using the day to acknowledge the strength of their female friendships.

Some have expressed their opposition to the day, stating that the celebration of bonds between women is something that should be recognised all-year round.

“An unpopular thought but Galentine’s Day gets up my nose as much as Valentine’s. I don’t need a day to celebrate my female friendships,” tweeted journalist Poorna Bell.

A 2017 survey conducted by YouGov found the majority of Brits have a very unfavourable view of Valentine’s Day.

Only four per cent of the participants said that they love the celebration, and 87 per cent stated that they believe the annual event has become too commercial.

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