Happy Friday everyone and for those in the US – have a happy “Black Friday”. I do not really like the term Black and after hearing this term for so many years, I finally decided to find out why it’s called Black Friday.
Before I get into that let me first tell you what Black Friday is for those who aren’t familiar with it. Every year on the 4th Thursday of November, people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving. More about thanksgiving here. Typically the day after thanksgiving is called Black Friday. It usually marks the beginning of the holiday(Christmas) shopping season and most major retailers open extremely early offering promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season. It is kind of the equivalent of Boxing Day observed by the Commonwealth Nations.
The term Black Friday was coined in the early 60’s by police officials in Philadelphia. Since the occasion is marked with heavy traffic across the countries and busy shops and sidewalks, there have often been instances of huge number of traffic accidents, stampede and fights among shoppers trying to get good deals.
Personally I do not shop outdoors on Black Friday mainly because it’s very crowded and it drains the energy out of me. But thanks to eCommerce, it’s very easy now to shop, compare price and find good deals online.
Anyway, regardless of whether you shop or not, it also marks the Friday before Advent, which means time to get those Christmas Decorations out and start putting up Christmas trees, lighting and Santa Claus and get ready for the season we love the most – the winter holidays.