Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and is the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. On this day, many U.S. retailers open very early, and offer promotional sales to start the shopping season.
Many stores offer highly promoted sales on Black Friday and open very early, even at midnight.
Some, start their sales at some time on Thanksgiving.
This day is not an official holiday, but California and some other states observe “The Day After Thanksgiving” as a holiday for state government employees.
History and Origin of Black Friday
The term Black Friday originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic, which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.
Use of the term began in Philadelphia, and then spread to other cities in he the U.S.A around 1975.
The earliest known reference to “Black Friday” to refer to the day after Thanksgiving was made in a 1966 publication in Philadelphia:
“Black Friday is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. “Black Friday” officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and over-crowded sidewalks.”
Later, an alternative explanation was offered.
This alternative explanation says that the origin of the name, “Black Friday”, historically, comes from the retailer’s shift to profitability during the holiday season. Back in the day when accounting records were kept by hand, red ink indicated financial loss while black ink indicated profit. This led to coining the fiscal terms of being “in the red,” (losing money) or “in the black” (making profits).
During black Friday, one can see shoppers lined up for hours before stores open. Once inside the stores, shoppers often rush and grab goods.
On this day, most stores offer discounts and special deals on their goods. Actually, it is the day on which stores make the best profits.
Nowadays, the discount on goods is offered not only in actual stores, but also online. Most websites start offering discounts a few days before the actual date.
Black Friday Quotes
“You can always find something you want.”
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“Happiness is not in money, but in shopping.”
– Marilyn Monroe
“I love shopping. There is a little bit of magic found in buying something new. It is instant gratification, a quick fix.”
– Rebecca Bloom
“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”
– Dave Barry
“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop”
– Gertrude Stein
“Black Friday is a media trap, an orchestrated mass hallucination based on herd dynamics and the media cycle.”
– Seth Godin
“Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now help me spread the word about Giving Tuesday!”
– Bill Gates
“Shopping: The fine art of acquiring things you don’t need with money you don’t have.”