February 14th marks the quintessential celebration of romantic love, but it’s not the only holiday in February that celebrates love. On February 13th, women come together to celebrate their friendships and sisterhoods on Galentine’s Day. The concept of Galentine’s Day became especially popular around 2010, notably through its representation in the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation” by the character Leslie Knope. Amy Poehler, who portrayed Leslie Knope, had this to say about the upcoming celebration: “Female friendships are the most important thing in your life. The best thing about your friends is they know you better than anyone and they still wanna hang out with you.”
Galentine’s Day highlights the importance of strong friendships in contributing to one’s overall sense of well-being and belonging. It has become an unofficial holiday that is considered incredibly important. Dr. Lubna Piracha, a cardiologist at Advocate Heart Institute at South Suburban Hospital, and Kayleen Schaefer, journalist and author, both agree that meaningful friendships play a crucial role in mental health and well-being. Schaefer interviewed over a hundred women for her book “Text Me When You Get Home,” shedding light on the evolution of female friendships – once often depicted negatively, they are now seen as being of equal importance to other relationships.
If you haven’t found your tight-knit friend group yet, Schaefer encourages you to seek one out. Whether it be through a coworker or someone else you see often regularly, there are plenty of opportunities to find like-minded individuals who share similar interests and values as you do. So whether you’re single or taken, take some time on Galentine’s Day to celebrate your own special connections with those around you – after all, female friendships are just as crucial as romantic relationships!