Black Friday is celebrated in the USA and beyond after Thanksgiving, and it is an amazing day for shopaholics – it’s easy to snatch the maximum discount on goods today. Some people wait a whole year for this date to please themselves with something.
The holiday was founded by two 19th century speculators, Jay Gould and James Fix. They created an artificial decline in the price of gold, thus causing a stock market crash and reducing the price tags of goods by 50%. This tradition was later picked up by the entire state. The day became known as Black Friday because of the constant traffic jams, crowds, and queues people experienced. Initially, discounts were only valid for one day, but now sales can last for a month or several days, with the peak still falling on Friday. Twenty states in the USA have recognized the official holiday, and employers give employees a day off to take advantage of the deals. Shops open early, so if you show up at noon, you may not have time to buy the intended goods.
- Americans do most of their shopping not on Black Friday, but on the Saturday before Christmas.
- Analogues of the holiday exist in many countries of the world.
- In 2008, a mob trampled an employee to death in a store.
- Every year more people shop online.
- They tried to rename the holiday more than once because of the “dark” name, but it has firmly taken root in society.
How to take part
To take part in Black Friday, visit the mall in advance and find out which items will be heavily discounted. Make sure you plan ahead so that you don’t get confused on the day. You can also share your purchases on social media to see what your friends have bought.
When is Black Friday celebrated in 2023?
Black Friday is observed on the day after Thanksgiving each year.