Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States. This holiday is usually regarded as the inception of the Christmas shopping season and considered the busiest shopping day of the year since 2005.
History of Black Friday
As for millions of Americans, Black Friday is a great day to do serious shopping before Christmas. Although this day is not recognized as an official holiday in the United States, a large number of employees and staff members still have a day-off except for those working in retail.
There are two possible ways to explain the name “Black Friday”. One of the explanations is that the term “Black Friday” was coined and originated in the 1960s by the police in Philadelphia, where it was initially used to depict the congested streets, heavy stream of traffic causing numerous black markings on the road surface and disruptive behaviors of people which would often happen on the day after Thanksgiving. Whereas, the other explanation assumes that the word “Black” in Black Friday refers to the status of being “in the black”. This phrase derives from an old way of recording business accounts. Specifically, in the past, losses were marked in red ink while profits were marked in black ink. In other words, Black Friday indicates the point at which retailers begin to gain profits.
Looking at the name of this day from a different angle, or rather, in a non-rental sense, Black Friday also refers to a serious financial crisis occurring in 1869. During that year, a stock market calamity was triggered by some gold spectators who had tried but failed to corner the gold market, leading to the collapse of the market as well as the plummet of stocks.
Though some people have attempted to change this day’s name, the term “Black Friday” is still preferable and gradually gets wider exposure until nowadays.
The popularity of Black Friday 2013
Black Friday 2013 is a day for all Americans to shop freely, to enjoy amazing discounting prices. The most popular items people usually look for are playthings and electronic equipment. Furthermore, manufacturers also slash prices on everything from apparel to home furnishings. All items are displayed with a plethora of stocks sufficient for all buyers.
Indeed, Black Friday is a very long day. As early as 5 A.M. or even earlier, the store owners have to open to serve customers since there is a long queue of people anxiously waiting outside the door and windows. Most of the big retailers will post coupons and offers online beforehand so as to give customers more time to find out enough useful information about sales and plan their purchases. Meanwhile, some companies or other corporations have a different approach. They will wait until the very last moment and then, release the Black Friday advertisement. By doing so, they can keep their customers in the feeling of eagerness for a long period of time.
When is Black Friday 2013?
Black Friday is the major shopping day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States and it takes place between the 23rd and the 29th of November. Specifically, Black Friday 2013 falls on Friday, November 29th.
Black Friday 2013 observance
Black Friday is not a federal holiday, but is a public holiday in some states in the United States. On this occasion, people choose to take a day-off in order that they can spend more time with their friends, family and relatives. Some others decide to go shopping so as to prepare stuff for the upcoming Christmas season. Besides, Black Friday is also a good chance for parents shopping for playthings of discounting price as Christmas gifts giving to their children. Moreover, some retail stores may extend their opening hours on Black Friday. Plus, public transit systems are likely to run on their regular and normal schedule. Not only that, there can also be some traffic congestion to common shopping destinations.
Not only the United States but there are also some other countries celebrating Black Friday such as Canada and the United Kingdom. And now, Black Friday even spreads to some Latin America countries like Brazil. Everything is great on this day: lower price, various types of products, etc. Besides, it is interesting to note that people can also experience online shopping on Black Friday in order to save time and avoid waiting in hordes of people.
Black Friday 2013 is observed in numerous countries besides the U.S.A. On this occasion, people can freely go shopping or spend time with their family or hang out with their friends. Furthermore, prices of all items (playthings, electronics, home furnishings, apparel, etc.) on Black Friday will be slashed and discounting prices can be seen everywhere. Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States. Therefore, Black Friday 2013 occurs on Friday, November 29th.