You don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate Valentine’s Day

So grab someone you love - your sister, best friend, kids, dog, mum, dad - and treat yourselves!

Valentines Day has traditionally been all about romantic lurve, but thanks to Galentines Day – and then Palentines Day – it’s now well and truly a celebration for everyone.

If you haven’t heard of these fun celebrations, Galentine’s Day was coined by Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope on TV comedy Parks and Recreation. In one particular episode, instead of celebrating Valentines Day Leslie Knope gathered her best friends for a boozy lunch at a restaurant and they celebrated their friendship with Galentines Day. “It’s only the best day of the year,” Leslie enthused.

What started as an adorable idea in a sitcom swept through the internet and inspired gal pal get-togethers everywhere. Now February 13 is marked as Galentines Day around the world.

Palentines Day, which celebrates platonic love, followed soon after.

The breaking from tradition has empowered people to mark the day in whatever way they please.

Mums and their kids exchange chocolate and cards. Dads and daughters go out for lunch. Gal pals meet for wine. Sisters catch up for coffee.

We know of a dad who sends his daughter flowers every February 14 – and no, that’s not creepy… This lovely man began sending his daughter flowers the year she went through a terrible, heartbreaking break-up with her boyfriend. He has carried on the tradition for more than 20 years, even though she is now happily engaged.

If the creature you love most in the world is a fur baby, why not make a fuss of them on Valentines Day?

If you’d rather mark the day with your sister, best friend, kids or workmates, why not?

No longer is Valentines Day only for the loved-up and partnered.

Happy Valentines Day everybody! Or Galentines Day… or Palentines Day!

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