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If you are wondering how the devil I let a weird auto-correct of Valentine’s Day go through, I’m guessing you’ve not yet cast your peepers on the delightful TV series Parks and Rec.
Galentine’s Day is a holiday made up by character Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, in Parks and Rec. Basically, it’s a holiday celebrating female friendships.
Leslie herself explains it best:
Every February 13th my lady friends and I leave our boyfriends and husbands at home and we just come and kick it breakfast style.
February 14th is about romance.
February 13th is about celebrating lady friends. It’s wonderful and should be a national holiday.
Ok so it’s not a holiday but that doesn’t mean us ladies can’t stop and take a moment to celebrate our female friends! Girl power!
Yes. Love is great. All you need is love etc. Butterflies when you have a crush are pretty darn great BUT FRIENDSHIP IS FOREVER!
I love this concept, and I am not alone. Galentine’s day has caught on around the world since the episode first aired in 2010.
Celebrate those friends who make you laugh so much you nearly wet yourself.
Those friends who know the right thing to say to you when you need it most.
Those friends that support you when you don’t feel strong.
The ones that will be there when you need them most. Sometimes you just need your girl squad around you.
The ones that have a surplus of hugs when you need them.
Often we find that kinship in books and it gives us the same warm and fuzzies. I was desperate to be a member of The Baby-Sitters Club back in the day.
Remember how impressive it was that Claudia had her own phone? IN HER ROOM? Oh how times have changed. *cough* I'm old. *cough*
We have listed a couple of books below that we really dig the friendships in, but we would love to hear from you. What are your favourite fictional female friendships? Do you celebrate Galentine's day with your girl gang? Tweet us at @HachetteAus, pop over to our Facebook page Facebook.com/HachetteAustralia/ or turn to your left and tell the person closest to you.
Do you have a female in your life you can’t imagine your life without?
Let her know! Take her out for some waffles, or booze.
Are you with me? Will you be celebrating this made-up but extremely worthy holiday?
This is my gal, Ilse. Forever my Galentine.
Happy G day, friends! Have a truly wonderful day!
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