After that 2010 debut, the word was mentioned in episodes that aired in 2012 and 2014, and by 2016 evidence of the word’s appeal was starting to show up in national and international publications, as people everywhere embraced the very idea of a holiday for celebrating friendships. Its lexical success is also clearly signified by the marketing campaigns it’s inspired, as Megan Garber detailed in The Atlantic in 2017. We’re also seeing evidence of galentine being used on its own to refer to one’s best “gals”—beloved female friends.

While some have complained that Galentine’s Day excludes anyone who’s not a woman, efforts to assert its inclusivity are afoot, with some claiming it’s in fact for celebrating any kind of friendship. If the term does come to be used in this broader way, it’ll challenge the term’s etymology, but that’s a minor hurdle for English. Just how we define Galentine’s Day if and when it qualifies for entry is yet to be seen, but if there’s evidence of it being a celebration of platonic love of all varieties that’s how we’ll define it. (Source: www.merriam-webster.com)

What Is Galentine's Day?

Galentine’s Day has become widely used by brands to sell products marketed for women, particularly self-care products or gifts. In January 2017, Target curated items under a special Galentine’s Day section on its website. The items were mostly cooking appliances or food, DVDs of romantic comedies, and crafting activities. Other brands like Shari’s Berries and Penguin Books also jumped on board in 2017, using the hashtag #GalentinesDay to market products on February 13. Lifestyle blogs also publish articles explaining how to throw Galentine’s Day parties.

Gather all of your gal pals, warm up the waffle-maker and mark your calendars for Galentine's Day on February 13. In a season that's so focused on romantic love, those who don't have someone to cuddle with on the big 1-4 might feel a little forlorn at the constant reminders of their singlehood. That's where this most joyful holiday comes into play. Whether you're gleefully single, happily coupled or somewhere in between, taking a day to recognize the importance of friendship can only help strengthen some of the most important relationships in our lives.

Who Uses Galentine’s Day?

When it comes to friendship, the quality of your relationships matters more than how many people you've got in your contact list. According to research from Psychology and Aging, older adults tend to be more selective in their friendships, but also reported that their smaller circles held more meaningful connections. Those who put time and energy into really cultivating a few deep bonds said they were happier and more satisfied, overall. One of the best ways of doing that? Events like Galentine's Day that let the crew bask in each other's light, even if this year's celebration has to take place from afar. So what is Galentine's Day, exactly? Here's the full breakdown


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