For some, the prospect of celebrating Valentine's Day on February 14th fills them with joy as they prepare to shower their significant other with sugary declarations of love.

For others, a much more exciting event takes precedence – Galentine's Day, which falls on February 13th each year.

As the name suggests, Galentine's Day is a celebration of female friendship.

The term was popularized after the release of a 2010 episode of an American sitcom Parks and recreation.

Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, explains its meaning while hosting an annual Galentine's Day party for her friends.

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“What is Galentine’s Day? It’s just the best day of the year,” Knope said during the 16th episode of the show’s second series.

“Every February 13th, my friends and I leave our husbands and boyfriends at home and just come in and enjoy breakfast. Ladies celebrating ladies.

Galentine's Day has gained momentum in recent years, with a growing number of women, both single and in relationships, taking advantage of the day to recognize the strength of their female friendships.

Various events will take place to mark the occasion, such as Revolution and Bumble BFF brunch in Glasgow on February 17th and across the country views in Legally Blonde It is Mean Girls at Everyman Cinemas.

Some have expressed their opposition to this day, stating that the celebration of bonds between women is something that should be recognized throughout the year.

“An unpopular thought, but Galentine's Day irritates me as much as Valentine's Day. I don’t need a day to celebrate my female friendships,” tweeted Journalist Poorna Bell.

“For me, this is forged in the midnight Ubers, the tissue pressed in your hands as they cry, the laughter as you walk down the street.”

A 2017 survey conducted by YouGov found that the majority of Brits have a very unfavorable view of Valentine's Day.

Just four percent of participants said they loved the celebration and 87 percent said they believe the annual event has become too commercial.

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