4 ‘Black’ Things about Black Friday You’ve Never Know Before

The earliest “Black Friday”

The day after Thanksgiving has always been a busy shopping day, as people started their Christmas preparations. There have been a few mentions of this time as “Black Friday” in history, but the one that stuck was police officers in Philadelphia. They called in Black Friday, because it was a difficult day for them on the job due to the extra people and traffic out in the city shopping.

The modern meaning

You may have heard the explanation that stores are “in the red” most of the year. This means that so far, they are losing money, and this day in November is when they move “into the black”, meaning they are now making money. This isn’t the true explanation of the holiday, it’s just a clever idea the stores came up with. It is also somewhat true, the day is very important to some businesses.

A Blacker Day?

Black Friday is the biggest shopping day in the United States, and many other countries too. However, another informal holiday from another country is the biggest shopping day of the world! A day known as “Single’s Day” or “Double Eleven” holds that title. A sort of reverse Valentine’s day on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, this unusual tradition has become a combination of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in China. The tradition is not a formal holiday, and so people will not have the day-off from work or school. 

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The dangers!

Since 2006, 12 shoppers have died on Black Friday. As much as shopping is, don’t risk your life!

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