Which is the better celebration: Galentine's Day or Valentine's Day? | The Tylt
Which is the better celebration: Galentine's Day or Valentine's Day?
Leslie Knope said it best in "Parks and Recreation," Galentine's Day is the "best day of the year." The holiday is meant to be a celebration of friendship of all kinds. Whether you're single or in a relationship, Galentine's Day is an excuse to get together with you're closest friends and indulge in your favorite things.
Some argue that "Galentine's Day" forces heteronormative behavior, reinforcing gender roles that society is actively working against. Hello Giggles' Karen Fratti writes:
The whole concept of Galentine’s Day...is often more pronounced in heteronormative circles: Because a woman doesn’t have a man to shower her with love, she can at least get drunk with her friends and eat a lot of cheese...Galentine’s Day can take that tone sometimes and it reinforces a lot of icky gender roles we’d rather do away with.
Women-only spaces are great, but the Galentine’s Day events sometimes don’t feel very inclusive or productive.
One commercial holiday to celebrate love is already enough.
But Galentine's Day doesn't have to mean only inviting your girlfriends to celebrate friendship–despite its name. The holiday has roots in friendship and has grown to celebrate female empowerment. The Atlantic's Megan Garber writes:
Like Friendsgiving before it, which was similarly coddled in the crucible of the sitcom, Galentine’s Day acknowledged a broad truth about American life as it’s lived in the early 21st century: Friendships, increasingly, are playing an organizing role in society.
And the holiday...has become, in part through those products, thoroughly associated with feminism, and female friendship, and a broader celebration of women and their worth. It is political, in the gentlest and most cheerful of ways.
Any holiday that brings friends to the forefront is worth celebrating. Galentine's Day embraces the cheesiness of Valentine's Day and repurposes heart-shaped boxes of chocolates to represent platonic love. Let's be real, who would you rather eat chocolate with your friends or your significant other?
Most of all, though, it insisted that women are awesome, and that a good way of acknowledging that might be to meet up with one’s fellow women and remind them of that fact. And if the reminding includes finding oneself on the receiving end of a wine-dispensing tote bag (which—I cannot stress this highly enough—I currently do not own, and would thoroughly love to possess)? All the better, ladyfriend.
But for some, Valentine's Day will always be the best excuse to express how much you love your significant other. It's an opportunity to embrace cheesy love letters, PDA, and of course, red wine and chocolate. A romantic Valentine's Day is the bright spot in the middle of winter. Romance will always win.