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Galentine's Day is February 13th, 3 Reasons To Celebrate

Updated on February 12, 2015

There's a holiday for everything!

Every once if awhile, you hear about some sort of obscure holiday. In my research, I found a website that chronicles these types of holidays--apparently someone is keeping up with them all. Since it's February, I decided to look up some of the whacky holidays celebrated within the month. We all knew it was Black History Month, but did you know that it's also Canned Food Month? What about Children's Dental Health Month?

Here's a few I got from a website called Holiday Insights. Apparently we could celebrate something just about every day of the month! I've only included the first 10 days of February.

1 National Freedom Day

2 Ground Hog Day

2 Candlemas

3 The Day the Music Died - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.

4 Create a Vacuum Day

4 Thank a Mailman Day

5 National Weatherman's Day

6 Lame Duck Day

7 Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day- first Saturday of month

7 Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day

7 Send a Card to a Friend Day- obviously created by a card company

8 Boy Scout Day- celebrates the birthday of scouting

8 Kite Flying Day- in the middle of winter!?!

9 Clean out Your Computer Day- second Monday of Month

9 Toothache Day

10 Umbrella Day

Origin of Galentine's Day

If you're a fan of the NBC show Parks and Rec, then you probably have heard of Galentine's Day. The lead character, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) likes to do all sorts of crazy things. In season 2, episode 16, the show opens with Leslie gathered at a restaurant with a bunch of ladies. She explains as she hands out presents to each of them, emphasizing the time and effort and care put into each gift she hands out. Here's what each women got:

  • a crocheted flower covered pen
  • a mosaic portrait of themselves made from the bottles of their favorite soda
  • a personalized 5000-word essay on how awesome of a person they are

While this episode is over the top, the idea itself is not. Why shouldn't women celebrate friendship? Think of this as the Fat Tuesday to Mardi Gras; the Halloween to All Saints Day, or the Christmas Eve. It should be a day unto itself that we celebrate our friends.

Here's why.

3 reasons to celebrate!

  1. We need to show our appreciation. Women are known for doing some of the most thankless jobs. We cook, clean, shuttle kids, run errands, and that's when we're not working our day job. Studies show that people tend to be happier in work environments when they feel appreciated. Many times, this is just not going to happen. so it's up to us to let our friends know that they are doing a good job.
  2. There's more to love than romantic love. The month of February seems to be wrapped up in amore, romantic love, more so than any other time of the year. While many women are in successful relationships, many are not. It can be easy to feel left out of the whole love fest of February. But whether you are in a romantic relationship or not, all women should focus some time on the love between friends, phileo love, brotherly or sisterly love. We know that marriages fail if we don't work on them. Friendships can suffer the same fate if we don't spend some time on them.
  3. It makes us better people. What reenergizes you? Is it a spa day? How about shopping? Galentine's Day is just another way for women to reinvigorate themselves, refill their emotional gas tank. When we feel full of love and are satisfied, we are better able to tackle the thankless jobs life so often throws our way.

How to celebrate it

There's no right or wrong way to celebrate Galentine's Day!

On the show, Leslie did it every year at a restaurant and had brunch. My 18-year-old daughter is having a huge party with all of her girlfriends at someone's house. They are preparing food, handwritten cards and favors, as well as other activities and including music and dancing and crafts. A couple of the girls plan on speaking, sharing about how amazing each of these young women are and how special they are in the eyes of God. The crafts will be some sort of canvas or sheets hung around the home and each women is encouraged to draw a picture or write some words that tell about who they are and what makes them special.

Regardless of how you celebrate Galentine's Day, remember it is a time to celebrate the uniqueness of who you and your friends are as individuals. The world is constantly telling us we're not good enough. It's a time to encourage and love on one another in a way that men don't understand.

I think we need to make Galentine's Day a REAL HOLIDAY! Whose with me?

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    • my_girl_sara profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Lyerly 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Apparently there's a holiday for everything now a days.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      White T-shirt day sounds like fun. Why would that ever be a holiday? (Rhetorical question.)

    • my_girl_sara profile imageAUTHOR

      Cynthia Lyerly 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      Here's what is celebrated on February 11th (your birthday), according to holiday insights: don't cry over spilled milk, make a friend day, AND white t-shirt day. Too cute! As to Galentine's Day, my daughter threw one of these parties and it was a smash! It's a super idea. Thanks for reading. Thanks for the comment.

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      Catherine Giordano 

      3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Galentines Day--what a lovely tradition. Women should celebrate their friendship with other women. I'm so sorry you stopped listing the February holidays 10 days into the month. My birthday is February 11. It would be nice to know what else I could celebrate on that day. It could be a theme for my birthday party. Voted up++

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