Galentine's Day: Where it came from, and why you should celebrate it
The 'Parks and Recreation'-inspired holiday offers lots of fun activities to celebrate your 'gals.' (And yes, Gal Gadot is involved.)
What began as a simple brunch scene in a 2010 episode of NBC's "Parks and Recreation" has morphed into a worldwide phenomenon: Galentine's Day, a celebration of female friendships held the day before Valentine's Day. Or, as beloved character Leslie Knope put it, "It's like Lilith Fair minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
To properly honor the day, we've culled some inspiration to bring to the table. Here's to making Galentine's Day the best fake holiday on your calendar.
Have a ‘Gal-athon’ with Wonder Woman and other female superheroes.
After Israeli actress Gal Gadot's starring role as the Amazonian warrior princess in 2017's "Wonder Woman," a handful more groundbreaking female superhero movies have been released since – including "Captain Marvel" and "Birds of Prey," with "Black Widow" and the long-awaited "Wonder Woman 1984" sequel on the way within the year. This sounds like as good a time as any to roll out your Gal-athon: a binge-fest of badass women you love on film, viewed by the badass women you love in real life.
Oh, and speaking of Gal ...
The 34-year-old mother of two girls is a proud proponent of the holiday, even posting her own bestie-filled video set to Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" (whose video, you'll recall, Gadot had a cameo in) last year. She's also frequently spoken about gender equality and portraying a strong female character. "... I told them that I wanted to be able to show the stronger side of women," she said in a 2015 interview. "I didn't want to do the obvious role that you see in Hollywood most of the time, which is the heartbroken girl who's waiting to be rescued by the guy, blah, blah, blah. I wanted to do something different."
Go to a wine tasting.
We're half kidding. But honestly, you don't get much more Galentine-esque (Galentiny?) than a wine tasting. If you need help with venues or scheduling, start with a site like Groupon or Living Social. Such gatherings are known for bringing out the best in your besties.
Paint, sip, repeat.
You know those paint nights that keep popping up on your event suggestions? They're actually kind of fun. Painting amongst peers is quite therapeutic; suddenly you're not thinking about the pressures of daily life or whatever's stressing you out these days. You're just sipping your favorite beverage, thinking about that next stroke of your brush, or that technique you just learned, or how pretty your canvas is turning out. And, you come away with a piece of art you can proudly display in your home.
Brunch it up – frittatas or not.
Brunch is that special time of day when – oh, who are we kidding? Brunch is all. darn. day. It's long, it's chatty, it's boozy. Exactly the way Leslie Knope likes it.
So yes, do brunch! A Mediterranean "mezze" with shakshouka, mimosas and a traditional Israeli breakfast makes for a splendid meal. It's a meal that rejoices in all the colors, flavors and ingredients that make this cuisine so special, the same way you're rejoicing in all the things you love about your girlfriends. (The things you don't love? You forgot about those right around mimosa No. 3.)
Try a few of our brunch-centered Israeli Kitchen recipes to spice up your spread:
- Traditional shakshouka
- Easy 5-ingredient shakshouka
- Leek and mushroom frittata
- Mini vegetable quiches
Get a Dead Sea mud mask facial.
Skincare masks provide some of the rewards of a spa facial from the comfort of your home. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Facial parties sound so ... Karen. But like paint nights, they're surprisingly fun. That grimace you've been wearing since the early 2000s seems to magically dissipate as you're awash in the healing properties of the Dead Sea, the storied lake in Israel that contains high concentrations of salt and minerals. You and your #girlgang will glow for days.
Saline deposits line the shore of the Dead Sea. (Photo: Nickolay Vinokurov / Shutterstock)
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