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Galentine's Day celebrates female friendships, the most complex of all

Katie Byrne


Modern Life

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Amy Poehler makes a toast to Galentine’s Day

Amy Poehler makes a toast to Galentine’s Day

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I quite like the idea of Galentine's Day, the unofficial holiday that celebrates female friendship every February 13. The concept comes, not from a PR company or Hallmark marketing team, but from an episode of Parks & Recreation in which the relentlessly conscientious Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) organises a brunch for a motley crew of women on Valentine's Eve.

"Every February 13, my ladyfriends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas," she explains.

Galentine's Day began life as a comedy concept but it's now taken fairly seriously by women across the world. There are tongue-in-cheek cards and gifts, women-only film screenings and brunches - and not a polyester red basque in sight.