Girls celebrate Galentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day alternative

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Dump your boyfriends and call your best friends. With the chilly February season upon us, we see images of candy, sweethearts, love notes, etc. all in accordance with the romantic holiday of Valentine’s Day.

Seniors Liza Heim, Lizzie Pickering and Macey Carrico pose with their Galentine’s Day party creation.

But we can’t forget about Galentine’s Day! Galentine’s Day, the spin off holiday originated from Valentine’s day, is celebrated Feb. 13. It represents the importance of cherishing friends or even family. 

According to the Hindustan Times, “Unlike Valentine’s Day, whose origins are shrouded in mystery, Galentine’s Day is actually a direct by-product of an American sitcom. The 16th episode of the second season of “Parks and Recreation” saw the reference to the day being made. In the episode, Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) throws her annual Galentine’s Day party for her female friends a day before Valentine’s Day.  

The day basically celebrates the love ladies have for their other women friends, whether they’re single or not.”

Galentine’s Day is meant to be spent with your girlboss besties as a day full of treating yourself with flowers, chocolates and savory sweets.

Throwing a safe and COVID-free Galentine’s Day party is much easier than it seems. Rally some of your closest friends and get to decorating with fun Valentine’s Day colors and pick an agenda for the night filled with lively activities. Dress up and go out on the town, wearing a mask and social distancing, of course! If you don’t want to go out, have a chill night in. Watch empowering women movies or shows (listed on page 9). 

Senior Liza Heim plans to spend her Galentine’s Day with her best friends. 

“We are going to Target to go shopping and get supplies to make a heart-shaped cake. Then we’ll go home and watch ‘The Notebook,’” Heim said.

Make festive desserts such as broken heart cookies or pink and red frosted cupcakes. 

If baking isn’t your strong suit, set up a karaoke station, have a dance party and sing break up songs to your heart’s content. 

Sophomore Bella DeGeorge plans to do the same but throw a Galentine’s Day get together. 

“I’m having a small get-together with my friends. I think we will just order some food, eat candy and watch romcoms the whole night.”

Remind your girlfriends they don’t need a date and according to Principal Sullivan, “It’s a new year, it’s time for a new you without him.”

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