Women on Spring Hill’s campus decided to throw their very own “Galentine’s Day” celebration in Skips on Feb. 13.
Galentine’s Day is a current trend and is commonly recognized by women as the day before Valentine’s Day. Women both with and without significant others celebrate on this day by being around their friends and supporting each other in different ways. This night is normally a relaxing and fun night filled with face masks, movies and junk food. The ladies of the second floor Skips pod decided to make Galentine’s Day a little more uplifting. They wrote sentimental, anonymous notes to each other, made new friends, ate desserts and listened to music. This night filled with friendship and support, allowed the attendees to focus on their friends rather than the desire of having a significant other. Jamie Martin, Skips second flood resident, explains, “It’s an important day for girls to support and rely on one another. You never know when someone needs support.” Galentine’s Day overall shows the importance of lifting women up as well as having a fun, relaxing time without distractions.
According to an interview conducted by NPR, the start of Galentine’s Day came from the producers of the television show, Parks and Recreation. Amy Poehler’s character from the show, Leslie Knope, explains Galentine’s Day in an episode from 2010 when she states, “What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it breakfast style - ladies celebrating ladies.”
Since this episode, groups of women such as those who hosted the celebration on the second floor of Skips are celebrating Galentine’s Day to its fullest. This commercial-holiday has allowed women to feel loved and supported at times when they might be feeling lonely. The girls celebrating this day feel that the reason this day is celebrated is not because of a lack of a significant other, but rather because time with friends and time to focus on yourself is just as important.