All Parks and Rec fans know that February 13 is Galentine’s Day in the fictional town of Pawnee. However, like other fictional-but-fun holidays before it (Festivus, Chrismukkah, Cheeseburger Picnic), Galentine’s Day is worth celebrating in real life—if only for the breakfast.
It’s like Lilith Fair without the angst. Plus frittatas.
A day for “ladies celebrating ladies,” Galentine’s Day is all about friendship. While we have holidays set aside to honor our family members and significant others, we don’t have any official friend holidays (unless Halloween counts, but that’s really just a candy holiday). So why not celebrate your gal (or guy) pals today with some waffles, whipped cream, and hand-embroidered pillows?
Some Internet searching has me delighted to see that lots of people are celebrating Galentine’s Day in their non-TV lives this year. My favorite is the Tumblr user who made “You are a beautiful tropical fish” cards for all her friends. (If you’re worried you’ve missed the boat this year don’t be: It might be too late in the day to invite your friends for brunch, but it’s never too late to have breakfast for dinner.)
Our feelings on Galentine’s Day’s bigger, more popular holiday sibling Valentine’s Day—whether you love it or hate it—are, by default, defined by heteronormative ideas about dating and romance. You’re either for that stuff or against it, but either way you have to think about it if you’re going to participate in the holiday at all, even if you participate by protesting it.
On Galentine’s Day though, your relationship status is not important. The only thing that matters is your ability to be a friend, and to accept labor-intensive gifts like a 5,000-word essay on why you’re awesome.
You are all the best friends, mother, and mail woman a lady could ask for.
Happy Galentine’s Day everyone!