What is "Black Friday"?

  • 26 November 2021
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Black Friday is a tradition that began in the United States and on the last Friday of November each year, people go shopping with their families in the city centers. On this day, companies that want to sell their products to as many customers as possible compete with each other. The reason why this day, which is not an official holiday, is called "black", dates back to the 1960s. Earlier that day, grocery stores in the United States opened their shutters early and continued to serve customers until late. However, later discount campaigns began to be added to this hectic pace of work. Demand for this specialty has grown significantly as a result of recent corporate scandals. Thus, the fact that the shops open on that day without lighting and do not close without dark, as well as the negative impact of heavy vehicles and the flow of people on the shopping streets, which affects daily life, leads to the day being called "black".

The term "Black Friday", which appeared in 1961, and its use took on a different meaning 20 years later. Over the years, the term began to be used in other regions, and later became the day when retailers made discounts. Later, this discount day, which took place in the United States with the introduction of Internet shopping sites, spread first to Canada and the United Kingdom, and then to the whole world. Thus, Black Friday became an international discount day and was accepted all over the world. This day is one of the rare examples applied on a global scale.

Especially in recent years, despite the Covid-19 events in our country, various events are held in some stores on this day and are met with great interest. Of course, we cannot say that these events are as widespread as in the United States. However, it can be said that there are more discounts than usual. This year, Black Friday will fall on November 26.