Galentine’s Day: What is it and how do I celebrate it during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Over the past decade, the day before Valentines Day has become known as a female-friendly holiday to celebrate women and their gal-pals: Galentine’s Day.
But with an ongoing pandemic requiring social distancing, Galentine’s Day celebrations will look different this year.
Dining out is usually a big part of the celebration. And while some parts of the country have opened indoor and outdoor dining with restrictions, many in the U.S. are continuing to limit contact with those outside their immediate family until COVID-19 vaccines are more widely available.
Here’s everything you should know about Galentine’s Day and how to celebrate with your girls without dining out:
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When is Galentine’s Day? What is it?
Galentine’s Day is celebrated on Feb. 13, the day before Valentine’s Day. It’s a day to leave husbands, boyfriends and significant others at home and to gather with other women to celebrate female friendships — usually over a boozy brunch.
Who invented Galentine’s Day?
Galentine’s Day was first introduced to the mainstream media in 2010 by the NBC television series “Parks and Recreation.”
The episode, appropriately called “Galentine’s Day,” features the show’s protagonist Leslie Knope, played by former SNL star Amy Poehler, as she hosts a waffle-filled breakfast to celebrate the ladies in her life.
Although the episode aired during the series’ second season, the tradition of Galentine’s Day has outlived the show, which stopped production in 2015.
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What are some safe ways to celbrate in a pandemic?
You don’t have to eat out to celebrate. Here’s a few ideas:
- Virtual Happy Hour: Her Agenda suggests gathering your friends on a Zoom call, setting the vibe with good music, and taking turns making and sharing your favorite cocktails.
- Pajama Party: “You’ve probably spent the better part of the past year in pajamas,” writes Good Housekeeping. So the magazine suggests putting on your comfiest PJs to celebrate with your friends virtually or in person. If you choose the latter,remember to adhere to your city and state’s gathering restrictions and limit your party to a small group of friends.
- Cook/Bake Off: If you’ve spent time during the pandemic baking sourdough bread and following TikTok recipes, this might be the perfect opportunity to show off your skills — and see what your friends have been cooking. In a virtual bake off, you can hand out awards to the prettiest dishes without having to worry about what they taste like.
- Paint and Sip Night: Get in touch with your creative side by grabbing some paint supplies and finding an inspiration image, Cosmopolitan suggests. This idea will be just as fun virtually if you feel more comfortable hosting it over Zoom. Just don’t forget a bottle of your favorite wine.
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