Black Friday is a global shopping event where shoppers get huge discounts on all kinds of products. From cell phones to shoes, everything gets a discount. Black Friday is the first business day after Thanksgiving, a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. This year’s Black Friday happens to be on November 29.
Among the many theories on why the day is called Black Friday, one is that the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania’s largest city) Police Department originally coined the phrase back in the 1950s. It came out of the mayhem surrounding traffic congestion in the downtown area as holiday shoppers went on a shopping spree. The popularization, however, was done by retailers.
As the first day after the last major holiday before Christmas, it marks the unofficial beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US. Additionally, many companies give their employees the day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. To maximize on this, virtually all retailers in the US, big and small, offer various sales including limited amounts of doorbuster items to entice traffic.
Black Friday wasn’t always the busiest shopping day of the year. It ranked the highest in 2003 and it has retained that position every year since. Word is, discounts on items will be up to 90% and more than 100,000 new deals will be posted as frequently as every five minutes throughout the event.
Backpack shoppers can expect to start grabbing Black Friday deals from the US, UK & India between November 20 and 30.