Valentine’s Day cynicism diminished by girl power


Mallorie Munoz, Managing Editor

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, the feelings toward the day are split. Some partake in romantic nights out, while others engage in built-up cynicism and hatred for the holiday.

I have good news. For the ladies, no matter your relationship status, there is a holiday even greater than Valentine’s Day. A day, that is dear to my heart, known as Galentine’s Day.

Galentine’s day, as put by Parks and Recreation’s Leslie Knope, is about “ladies celebrating ladies”- breakfast style. It is a day to come together to celebrate your femininity, friendships and yourself. Galentine’s Day is Feb. 13, leaving Valentine’s Day open and available to celebrate as well with your significant other.

Here are five ways to celebrate just in time for Galentine’s Day tomorrow.

  1. To keep it simple like Leslie Knope and her crew, head over to IHOP and order some waffles for the table. Leave the men at home and spend the evening surrounded with girlfriends and breakfast foods. A sweet, but optional, addition is to give one another gifts.
  2. Go fancier. Slip on a little black (or red) dress and hit the town with your girls. Go to an art gallery and admire the works of past and present day women. Eat dinner at a nice restaurant and do not forget to order dessert!
  3. Girls night in! Gather your girl friends for a sleepover and spend the evening in pajamas. Have everyone bring one item for a breakfast potluck. Consider pancakes, french toast, omelets, frittatas or crepes. Pop in a movie and sip coffee or jam out to the perfect girl-power playlist. Here is one I have personally curated.

  1. Treat yourself. Go shopping! Retail therapy is the perfect way to “treat yo self”, and even better with your best friends by your side. Hit up the mall or visit your favorite boutique, either way, treat yourself to something pretty! Let the spirit of Galentine’s Day be the reason you finally buy that pair of shoes you have been eyeing.
  2. Make it your own. No matter how you celebrate, be sure to make it special. If dinners and shopping do not interest you or your friends, try something else. Create teams and go play laser tag or swing by Petland and play with puppies until your heart is full.

Whether you have a big group of girl friends, one or two best friends, or you choose to celebrate on your own, do not forget what Galentine’s Day is all about. While having fun, remember how far women have come. Women are strong, independent, beautiful, unique, loving, supportive, creative, talented and no one can tell us otherwise. Girl power is stronger than wage gaps, misogyny, hate, struggle and anything that tries to stand in the way of you and your happiness.
On Feb. 13, grab your girls and celebrate how powerful women truly are.