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Today is ‘Galentine’s Day’ — How Another NBC Sitcom Inspired Another Holiday

Feb 13, 2019  •  Post A Comment

It’s not quite as famous yet as that other holiday inspired by an NBC comedy series — of course we’re talking about “Festivus,” one of the many cultural phenomena arising from “Seinfeld” — but another NBC sitcom, “Parks and Recreation,” has inspired its own holiday: Galentine’s Day. And it’s today, Feb. 13.

What’s Galentine’s Day, you ask? “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year,” says Amy Poehler’s “P&R” character, Pawnee, Ind., Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope, who explains the annual event in the clip below.

The New York Post reports that, since the episode aired in 2010, Galentine’s Day has essentially become a national holiday.

“What started as a quirky feminist running gag is now a social media sensation, with women spending hundreds of dollars on their Instagram-friendly pink party decor, and restaurants creating specialty brunch menus for the Feb. 13 occasion,” The Post reports.

Adds Knope: “Every Feb. 13th my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home and we just come and kick it breakfast style.”

Here’s the clip …

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