Valentine’s Day has several origins and we have no clue which one is actually true. While some are dark, some are quite the contrary. Many believe that Valentine’s Day originated as a feast day to honour Christian martyrs named Saint Valentine. Coincidentally, they were both executed on February 14th, but in different years. As per some sources, V Day began with a Roman festival called Lupercalia which celebrated the coming of spring and involved fertility rites where women were paired off with men through some kind of lottery. Icky, but possibly true!
However, over the centuries Valentine’s Day has gained popularity as a day for love-struck souls but I believe it’s a day to celebrate all kinds of love. Besides your partner, you can also celebrate with parents, siblings, children or your girlfriends. But, as some of us have already made a pact to celebrate Valentine’s Day only with our partners, we should consider celebrating Galentine’s Day, a day before, with those special ladies who have our back and are with us every step of the way.
“I would love to have a house party with RED as the theme. This includes dress outfits, red velvet cake and red wine. Also, with girlfriends it’s always fun to play adult games and dance the night away!” Sangeeta V. Babu Founder Flapto Bangalore, India
Galentine’s Day was created by an American sitcom in 2010. The protagonist insisted on celebrating, the day before Valentine’s Day, with her lady friends. From then on, many women observe February 13th as a day to spend with their women tribe, whether married or not. According to health experts, here is why Galentine celebrations are as important as Valentine’s Day!
While many of us share our feelings with our partners or spouses, there are always some things that can only be shared with and laughed at with our lady friends over a glass of wine. And, because all of us belong to the exact same species, it’s mostly easier to relate to each other. Health specialists say that greater empathy leads to happiness and lowers stress levels.
“I’m missing the beach, so I’m looking forward to spending time with my girlfriends on the beach, with some sand and sun and girly gossip.” Sabina Correia India
Some women are inspirations. Even if they are not successful or making big bucks, they inspire you merely by being themselves. Spending time with these kinds of gals could encourage you to be more productive with your own life, if not already. If your girlfriend is already doing many things, she is sure to be an inspiration to you in more ways than one.
“I love nature, so, with my darling girlfriends, I would love to celebrate anywhere to inhale the beauty of the landscape, a beach , a huge garden or anything like that.”
There are several ways to build up your self-esteem, but having girlfriends, who encourage and support you in everything you do, can also make you feel better about yourself and less prone to depression. Moreover, the boost from your girlfriends to celebrate with you is assurance that you are loved and wanted by them.
“To celebrate Galentine’s Day, I would book a spa resort where we girls go and enjoy a rejuvenating and relaxing day. This would be followed by a quiet afternoon with drinks and lunch and then end it with a fun evening by getting all decked up and hitting the dance floor at a club nearby!”
Sometimes, in our family, we are only expected to do certain things every day, like a robot. We get so lost in our daily errands and responsibilities that there are times when we feel all alone in the midst of a house full of members. So, getting out to party with your favourite girls can make you feel that you belong to something. You feel you are important and appreciated. You feel more connected and acknowledged.
“I would love to take my girlfriends camping. I had lots of good experiences with camping and on one trip, I had fun with two girls just singing and working together while setting up the campsite. I already have a tent, so, I’m more than excited to go star gazing around a bonfire while enjoying some wholesome food with my favourite women!” Natasha Menezes Senior Mentor Skills Beyond Education Bangalore, India
While lovers mostly look at celebrating with dinner and other intimate moments, Galentine’s Day can be enjoyed by dancing at a club, chilling on the beach or even laughing during game night. Moreover, many of us cannot be our true selves in front of our spouses, so, getting out with our girlfriends is what we NEED to do! Some researchers also say that having fun with girlfriends, regularly, can help you live longer and reap similar benefits as that from a good night’s sleep.
“With my favourite ladies, I would love a relaxing spa day followed by a nice meal that I won’t be cooking!”
When I was younger, I had a lot of restrictions and was too busy figuring out my life to celebrate with my girlfriends. I have had a few favourites, but keeping in touch was quite difficult with the high phone bills or physical letter posting back then. It was only after I had kids and met my tribe of dancers was when I actually started realizing how being around girlfriends made me feel. That was when I began making that extra effort to keep in touch with those from school/college. When everyone began owning a mobile phone, things got even easier. Thank God for technology!
I’m thinking it’s probably a good thing to encourage our daughters to understand the importance of having girlfriends, who support and encourage them all throughout their lives. Things will surely get difficult when they get older, but if they have each other’s back, I’m sure handling life will be a lot easier!
So, what are you waiting for? Call your favourite girlfriend and start making plans for Galentine’s Day. Yeah! Yeah! And, get ready for Valentine’s Day, too! Hahaha! All the best!
“Galentine’s festivities offer a more welcoming vibe than Women’s Day. I imagine celebrating G Day with my girlfriends by getting into a relaxing spa, then getting dressed for brunch in pink blazers, pink tank tops, pink eye shadow and even pink hair.” Fatima Hussain Pre-Primary Head Oxford Grammar School Hyderabad, India
How do YOU imagine celebrating Galentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!