For many, “Valentine’s Day” are trigger words. This holiday is recognized all around the world as a day of love. Couples of all ages go on dates, surprise each other with nice gifts and spend quality time with each other to remind themselves of their love. For women, it’s a day to be loved and appreciated by their significant other. What about single women? What do you do on valentine’s day if you’re single? Stay in your bed all day and cry about being alone? Turn off your phone to avoid seeing all the happy couples? Instead of being miserable and feeling sorry for yourself, make the day special by spending it with your friends! Enjoy what’s known as Galentine’s Day.
Galentine’s Day is formed by a blend of the words “gal” and Valentine’s Day. It is a day where women celebrate their female friendships. The new holiday debuted in a 2010 episode of the show Parks and Recreation. Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day, but can be celebrated on the 14th. It’s a day to celebrate the love you have for your female friends, whether they’re single or not, and shower them with love and attention. There’s an ample number of things to do, here are just a few:
Plan a weekend getaway trip that involves activities and memories.
Plan a self-care day that includes manicures, pedicures, and/or a trip to the spa.
Get dressed up and go to a nice restaurant for brunch or dinner.
Trying a new thing together, whether it’s cooking, pottery, or painting.
Have a potluck picnic or even just a movie night.
Valentine’s Day does not have to trigger you, because you can change the narrative of its meaning. However you choose to spend the day, just make sure you celebrate love for one another. Value the time, memories, and experiences you can create. Share the love you have for whomever and even yourself. Love doesn’t always have to be shared with a romantic partner; it can be shared with your friends on Galentine’s Day.