Although there are several versions of the origin of Black Friday, two theories are the most prominent among popular culture
It is the perfect day to take advantage of the “offers” of the stores, to advance Christmas shopping or give yourself a personal taste.
Credit cards come and go. Endless rows in shops are the tonic of this day.
This 2018, Black Friday or Black Friday will come to trade on November 23, a fundamental day for worldwide trade.
But how did this shopping tradition begin and why is it called Black Friday?
The origin as such is uncertain, but the truth is that there are many theories about the history of this day that is usually celebrated every Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States (last Thursday of November).
But there are two stories that are the ones that take more strength as the origin of this long-awaited day for consumers, but especially trade.
The strongest theory of the origin of this Black Friday or Black Friday was born in the state of Philadelphia in 1966.
As has been the tradition for decades, many Americans usually move to other states or towns to meet their relatives for Thanksgiving.
Once the celebrity is over, thousands of people return home, generating road chaos on the roads (do you think it’s known?).
In addition, in Philadelphia, a traditional university football game between the US Naval and Military schools used to be played on Saturday after this date.
People from all parts of the country used to come to the game, which further increased traffic in the city.
The huge number of people, noise, dust, and pollution led the state police to label this day as “Black Friday.” And there is shop for top black Friday deals.
The idea behind the term was to demoralize people and invite them to stay at home and thus avoid a little chaos of traffic and people on the streets. However, the result ended up being the opposite.
The tranquility of black numbers.
Another of the theories is that the term became popular in the second half of the twentieth century, where consumerism began to take more and more strength, to the point of associating any celebration with gifts or presents: Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc.
But for Thanksgiving, there was only one way to celebrate it: reunite with the family.
Given this, the trade – in a very clever play – noticed a detail that would change the history of this celebrity.
Many of the relatives when moving to visit their loved ones to other states, took advantage of their stay to advance Christmas gifts since they would not be seen again in the celebrations of December.
Many of these gifts used to be envelopes with money, in the best style of our grandparents.
Taking advantage of the opportunity to get those envelopes with money, shops began to devise offers and discounts with what stores used to go from the red numbers in their accounts due to the debts of the year, to black numbers.
Hence the merchants began to call him “Black Friday”, that is, the day that solvency and economic tranquility arrived.
The concept was popularized in 1966 and as detail it stands out that since 1975 the day that opens the Christmas shopping season is considered in the United States.
The term “Black Friday” remained in many gringos for many years and it was until the 1990s that popularity soared and by the 2000s it had taken the rest of the world.
Today in Costa Rica it is a reality and for many months before, businesses are prepared by hiring more staff to serve the huge number of customers who attend.
The truth is that Black Friday is already lived like never before and it is a commercial tradition that is here to stay.