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What is Galentine’s Day?

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.

Oh, it’s only the best day of the year.

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.

Ladies celebrating ladies

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.

It’s wonderful and it should be a national holiday.

February 14th is about romance.

February 13th is about celebrating lady friends. It’s wonderful and should be a national holiday.

Leslie and Ann hug 1

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!

Now is lady time!

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.

Everyone brings their own unique skills to the table

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.

Ann you beautiful tropical fish

Those friends that support you when you don’t feel strong.

All the strengths

The ones that will be there when you need them most. Sometimes you just need your girl squad around you. 

Ovaries before broveries

The ones that have a surplus of hugs when you need them.

Leslie and Ann hug 2

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*

Leslie and Ann dance

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 or turn to your left and tell the person closest to you. 

I am a goddess a glorious female warrior

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. 

I love you guys, Ann specifically.

Are you with me? Will you be celebrating this made-up but extremely worthy holiday?

Do it. Fierce. Power.

This is my gal, Ilse. Forever my Galentine. 

Kelly and Ilse Gday

Happy G day, friends! Have a truly wonderful day!


  • A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald - Natasha Lester

    Captivating, romantic and tragic, A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD follows a young woman ahead of her time amid the fragile hearts and glamour of Jazz Age New York.

  • The War Bride - Pamela Hart

    LOVE. BETRAYAL. NEW BEGINNINGS. Inspired by the true stories of war wives who arrived in Australia, THE WAR BRIDE is a gorgeously romantic story by the author of THE SOLDIER'S WIFE.

  • The Crossroads - Pamela Cook

    One family. Three women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache, or will fate bring them together before it's too late?

  • Seven Steps to Happiness - Stella Newman

    Do you love Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella and Jill Mansell? If so, Stella Newman is for you! Is there a formula for happiness?

  • I'll Eat When I'm Dead - Barbara Bourland

    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA with a murderous twist, a rampant satire on the fashion industry and a genre-busting women's commercial debut.

  • Caraval - Stephanie Garber

    Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite as it seems. A mesmerising, magical and stunningly imaginative debut novel for anyone who loved THE NIGHT CIRCUS and DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE.

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