Black Friday: origin, meaning, where the name comes from and why it is called ‘Black Friday’

Black Friday: origin, meaning, where the name comes from and why it is called ‘Black Friday’
Black Friday: origin, meaning, where the name comes from and why it is called ‘Black Friday’

East Friday November 25 will be Black Friday o Black Friday, the party that arose to inaugurate the Christmas shopping season in the United States, and in which shops and big brands offer substantial discounts to celebrate it. Tradition marks that it take place the day after its ‘Thanksgiving’, the fourth Thursday of November, so this year it will be Friday the 25th.

Over the years, this custom has been imported to almost every country in the world, including Spain, which it arrived in 2012 thanks to MediaMarkt. In our country, many brands extend the celebration two more days, with the Weekend black fridayand concludes with the so-called Cyber ​​Monday, Cyber ​​Monday, the day that the bargains are on the internet, which this year will be November 28.

Origin of Black Friday

According to the BBC, the term ‘Black Friday’ was first coined by Jay Gould and James Fisk. Then, on December 2, 1905, Macy’s store organized a Santa Claus parade that for many meant the origin of its current concept, a day that starts the shopping season before Christmas.

Another theory points out that the origin of the term is later, specifically from 1961, when the Philadelphia police force in charge of regulating traffic coined ‘Black Friday’ to refer to the chaos caused by shopping on the streets of the city.

Finally, there is another tradition that affirms that the term was born because after the day of losses on Thanksgiving, red numbers, The Christmas shopping season was coming and the beginning of the benefits and the “black numbers”.

Who participates in Black Friday

Black Friday discounts can be found at All kinds of shops, from department stores to local stores. Every year more companies and companies join the celebration, offering a wide range of products and services at discounted prices. Amazon, Ebay, The English CourtApple, Zara, Iberia, MediaMarkt, FNAC, Decathlon, Carrefour, Toys’R’Us and Ikeaamong others, are some of the brands in which you can find a good diversity of offers.

The article is in Spanish

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