Galentine’s Day has only been celebrated for the last 10 years or so. It originated in America but is becoming popular in the UK too. It’s now quite a familiar term with younger people.
Galentine’s Day is February 13th – the day before Valentine’s Day. It’s a day where women celebrate their friendship with other women. It’s a day to feel good about platonic relationships, regardless of whether or you are married or in another romantic relationship.
The first part of the word “gal” is an informal way to “girl” and it rhymes with the first part of Valentine – “Val”. In British English “gal” is less common than it is in American English, in fact it’s still quite rare here.
I have created a video for you here explaining the word and its pronunciation:
Some ways that you could use “Galentine’s Day” include:
“Hey, happy Galentine’s!”
“The girls are coming over later for Galentine’s.”
“I’ve arranged a pamper party tonight for Galentine’s Day. Are you coming?”
As you can see, you can say either “Galentine’s Day” or just “Galentine’s” on its own. The meaning is totally clear whichever you use.
So my dears, Happy Galentine’s!