With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s likely that you’re also starting to hear chatter about Galentine’s Day. In the event you have no idea what that is or you do, and just want some ideas on how to celebrate, we’ve got you covered!

What does Galentine’s Day mean?

Thankfully, this has a very simple explanation. Galentine’s Day is observed every year on February 13 — a.k.a. the day before Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday for women (or anyone who chooses to participate, really) that celebrates non-romantic relationships. 

Who came up with Galentine’s Day?

The short answer? Leslie Knope! The long answer? Greg Daniels and Michael Schur who created the sitcom Parks and Recreation, as well as her character played by Amy Poehler. The first Galentine’s Day episode on February 11, 2010. It’s season 2, episode 16 … ya know, in case you want to fire up Netflix!

Galentines Day Highlights From Parks and Rec

What do you do on Galentine’s Day?

Anything you want, that’s what! As mentioned, Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating friendship. So, celebrate however you and your friends would like. If you’re all a bunch of foodies, go to an expensive restaurant you normally wouldn’t splurge on. If you absolutely love discussing movies, head to the theater! Ultimately, it’s about taking those 24 hours to appreciate each other and your shared interests.

What do you buy someone for Galentine’s Day?

Unlike Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day isn’t necessarily about gift-giving. However, if your BFF lives far away and you want to send them something (or you just love shopping), we have a few foolproof suggestions including a good book, a nice bottle of wine, a gift card for a manicure and a candle with a calming scent. You can also opt for something more sentimental like a framed photo or hand-written card. 

Do you have to celebrate Galentine’s Day with friends?

Nope! In the first Galentine’s Day episode of Parks and Recreation, Leslie got together with all different women in her life, such as family members and coworkers. Heck, if you’re feeling antisocial, celebrate yourself.

Happy Galentine’s day, y’all!