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Chicks before dicks: Celebrating Galentine’s Day

Leslie Sariñana, Entertainment Editor

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Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day and claim to be too cool for it, the stress of the holiday still manages to get to you. If you’re like me, you overthink everything that happens that day and end up disappointed every year.
February 13, a day that once was full of anxiety about what your plans were going to be for the next day, just became every girl’s favorite day of the year, Galentine’s Day!
A holiday created by the television show “Parks and Rec,” girls take back the romance-filled holiday and turn it into a day that celebrates female friendships. When it is first introduced on the 16th episode of the show’s second season, Leslie Knope says, “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.”
Breakfast foods and female empowerment? Sign me up! Why worry about having to have a date or getting noticed by the right person, when you can gather all the women in your life and celebrate? It’s love in the purest form: friendship.
Romantic relationships are fleeting and complicated, and only make Valentine’s Day a downer. So this year my single friends and I are using Galantine’s Day as a pick me up.
If you’ve never celebrated, you’re definitely missing out. It’s basically Valentine’s Day without the expectations and you’re surrounded by the women in your life.
Not only is this day meant to solidify our female friendships, but it’s an enormous ego boost as well; girls love complimenting each other. Last year I celebrated with eight of my closest friends and we spent the day going places and doing things our SOs wouldn’t want to do. It was great to finally be able to do all of our favorite things with the people who enjoyed it just as much. The whole day felt like a huge hug.
Fellow females, I encourage you to say “chicks before dicks” this year and celebrate Galentine’s.

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