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Galentine’s Day: What, When, Where, Why & How?

The history of the famous singletons day as the iconic romantic date in February swiftly approaches. 

Galentine’s Day, popularised by the TV show Parks and Recreation, has gained recognition as an unofficial holiday celebrated annually on February 13. Unlike Valentine’s Day, which focuses on romantic relationships, Galentine’s Day places emphasis on the significance of female friendships in women’s lives. For those unfamiliar with the occasion, here’s a guide on what Galentine’s Day is all about and how to celebrate it in the UAE.

What is Galentine’s?

Galentine’s Day burst onto the scene in an iconic Parks and Recreation episode, where the fabulous Leslie Knope (played by Amy Poehler) introduces the world to this marvellous celebration. Picture this: a brunch extravaganza filled with presents, heart decorations, and declarations of love. Leslie passionately declares, “What’s Galentine’s Day? It’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies!” And just like that, Galentine’s Day became a global sensation, dedicated to the joy of celebrating the incredible bonds of female friendship.

The Galentine’s Day vibe has taken over social media, with #GalentinesDay trending as women worldwide celebrate the strength of sisterhood. Whether single or in relationships, the day has become a joyous occasion for expressing love and appreciation for the amazing women in our lives.

How to Celebrate?

Consider hosting a gift swap where you can share your favourite things with your favourite people. Make it themed or set a budget for a Secret Santa-style exchange. Elevate the celebration by hosting a party featuring films with strong female leads, like Pitch Perfect or Bridesmaids, coupled with delicious food and engaging conversations.

If you’re up for some action, plan an active group activity like bowling, a dance class, or paintballing, all available in the UAE. Alternatively, enjoy a day of relaxation with a pool or spa day or engage in wellness activities like yoga or spin class. For a more extended celebration, plan a weekend getaway, either a staycation or a short trip from the UAE.

Galentine’s Day Deals in Dubai

  1. Cinq Mondes Spa at Hyde Hotel Dubai invites you to indulge in the Two-to-Tango 90-minute treatment for ladies at a special price of Dh999 (originally Dh1,300 for a couple’s treatment) throughout February. Choose from a sleep ritual, detox facial, or yoga facial massage for a rejuvenating experience.
  2. For a night of glamour and entertainment, head to W Lounge at W Abu Dhabi on February 10 for the Sipz & Glam event. Women purchasing one beverage can enjoy complimentary drinks for the rest of the night and receive a 20 per cent discount on the food menu, all while being entertained with live performances.
  3. Looking for a cosy and fun Galentine’s Day celebration? The Screening Room at Studio One Hotel has you covered from February 10 to 13. For Dh299 per couple, change into pyjamas and enjoy a chick flick with popcorn, pizza, and drinks in the private cinema. Plus, you’ll receive a complimentary voucher for an hour of karaoke on your next visit and a delightful goody bag.
  4. Head to Mogao in Dubai Silicon Oasis on February 11, 12, and 13, from 7pm to 10pm, for unlimited house beverages for women. Enjoy a 20 per cent discount on food with a minimum spend of Dh100 per person, while a DJ sets the mood for a fantastic evening.

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