No Valentine? Celebrate Galentine’s

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May 14, 2019
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No Valentine? Celebrate Galentine’s

Jenna Braun, Cassidy Rodi, Brianna Bocca, and Rylee Mangan celebrate Galentines Day.

Jenna Braun, Cassidy Rodi, Brianna Bocca, and Rylee Mangan celebrate Galentines Day.

Jenna Braun, Cassidy Rodi, Brianna Bocca, and Rylee Mangan celebrate Galentines Day.

Jenna Braun, Cassidy Rodi, Brianna Bocca, and Rylee Mangan celebrate Galentines Day.

Valentines Day is either dreaded or celebrated. The holiday of love is a time for couples and lovebirds. However, for those who are single, an alternative is available. Galentine’s Day is a time when friendships are celebrated. Originating from the Netflix show Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day finds a niche on February 13, the day before Valentine’s day, and provides a new take on this holiday.

As the name would suggest, Galentine’s Day is a celebration of female friendship. Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, explains its meaning while throwing an annual Galentine’s Day bash for her friends, “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.” Since this episode gained in popularity in 2010, many “girl gangs” have been celebrating their friendships Galentine’s Day style. It is possible to even see it as a feminist holiday in which ladies can celebrate not needing a man.

Jackson Castillo and Justin Wickstrand join in on Galentines Day.

There are various ways to celebrate this holiday; some may take the Leslie Knope route with breakfast, planned activities, and gifts. Seniors Cassidy Rodi, Kylie Fraser, Rylee Mangan, and Jenna Braun spent their Galentine’s night with decorations and plates and cups to match the theme. “We started by making dinner, watching romantic comedies, and playing card games,” Rodi described. “The night started out with us girls; the boys eventually joined us,” Mangan explained. Despite seniors Jackson Castillo and Justin Wickstrand joining them, they still celebrated their female friendship.

Mari Aguilar, Teti Omilana, Reina Rover, and Bree Oandasan

Although this celebration entailed elaborate planning, some celebrations were less detailed. Teti Omilana, Reina Rover, Mari Aguilar, and Bree Oandasan celebrated their Galentine’s day in a simpler fashion. Omilana explained, “Honestly, during class on that day we just asked each other what we were going to do to celebrate and someone just said Coldstone.” Although this plan was more spontaneous and less intricate, the girls still had a good time appreciating their bonds of friendship. Aguilar mentioned further, “We still went and even talked about how all four of us are so compatible.” It is safe to say that the way February 13th was celebrated this year was less important than the friendships that were celebrated.

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