More and more businesses are supporting this celebration in which they apply significant discounts on different products.
Despite not being a holiday, there are many companies that consider ‘Black Friday’ such an important date in the calendar. In fact, several American companies even go so far as to give their workers a day off to go shopping for the Christmas season.
Since the establishment of this day in 2005, the Black Friday, the celebration that takes place on the last Friday of each November, has been the day of greatest commercial movement of the year. But how does this day come about?
A term popularized by the police
The term ‘Black Friday’, originally from Philadelphia, was used to describe the dense traffic of both people and vehicles, after Thanksgiving, which is celebrated just one day before the ‘Black Friday’. This term began to be used from 1961 among police officers.
Due to the large influx of both vehicles and people, dealing with traffic regulation would become chaotic during that day. That is why the police began to treat that Friday as Black Friday or ‘Black Friday’.
From red numbers to black numbers
The concept would become popular in 1966, reaching to extend to the rest of states from 1975. Following the arrival of this term throughout the country, an alternative story emerged that explains the reason for the term ‘Black Friday’. According to this theory, the term ‘black’ is related to the accounts of businesses, which go from red to black numbers thanks to the surplus.
Since 1975, and since it is the Friday after Thanksgiving, it was considered that the ‘Black Friday’ was the day that opened the holiday shopping season in the United States , as it was the next party in the horizon. With the aim of avoiding collapses during the last days of the Christmas campaign, the businesses, especially the supermarkets and retailers, decided to create this day.
Since then, the ‘Black Friday’ has been gaining popularity throughout the world, becoming the day of greatest commercial movement of the year.