The origins of valentines day date back to the Roman festival, Lupercalia. The celebration of spring and fertility included festivities such as pairing off women with men by lottery. The pope replaced it with St. Valentine's day at the end of the 5th century and in the 14th century, it picked up connotations of celebrating romance.
There are many reasons to hate valentine's day. One of the big ones is that feeling when you're in a group of friends where everyone is in a relationship and then they look at you with pity when they start talking about their valentine's day plans. Have they not heard of the many advantages of being self partnered? Get with the times, ladies.
Last year, though, my colleagues introduced me to Galentines day! The brainchild of the fictional character, Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, Galentines day was first introduced on the show in 2010. Leslie proclaimed every February 13 as a day "my lady friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and just come and kick it." Now this is a holiday I can get behind. Galentines day is all about showing your ladies some love, irregardless of their relationship status.
So how do we celebrate this new holiday is style?
A few ideas;
While the original ladies did a boozy waffle brunch, that's not so COVID-friendly, it does sound amazing, so please do tuck that one away for our post-COVID days.
Call up your lady friends and let them know you appreciate them.
Send handmade cards. We love these DIY seed cards.
Send artisan cards with heartfelt note.
Make red velvet cupcakes with a mask on and leave a few in a bag on their doorstep.
If you'd like to send some love-themed hydrating skincare, we've got you covered. Our love scented items are all made with calming and cleansing essential oils of lavender and geranium rose.