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The day after Thanksgiving has always been the traditional start to holiday shopping. Over the years retailers have offered discounts on that day to lure shoppers into their stores.

The Black Friday as we know it today (long lines of people outside stores at 5am or even midnight) didn't gain popularity until the end of the 20th Century.

It had been a long standing tradition to have big sales starting the day after Christmas. It was during the Carter years that retailers tried jump starting the holiday shopping season with super sales on the day after Thanksgiving due to a predicted slump in Christmas gift sales. The previous year the "Day After Christmas" sale had pulled many retailers out of red ink as cash strapped shoppers took in the bargains after a disappointing Christmas season.

Double digit inflation and high unemployment after the Nixon/Ford years had put the nix on spending for luxury items like expensive gifts.

These sales were intended to get would be shoppers motivated and into the stores and re-igniting the "Christmas gift giving spirit"

The plan worked and became an American tradition known as Black Friday as shoppers lined up outside in the predawn darkness all across the country.

The term "Black Friday" was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. "Black" refers to stores moving from the "red" to the "black," back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season.

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Black Friday, the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924.

The term "Black Friday" has been traced back only to the 1970s. "Black Friday" was originally so named because of the heavy traffic on that day, although most contemporary uses of the term refer instead to it as the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (i.e., turning a profit).

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Black Friday is the first Friday following Thanksgiving which (as you may know) is the biggest shopping day of the year.

However, you might actually be thinking of Good Friday (since you posted in holidays/traditions and the occult) which was the day on which Christ was supposedly crucified.

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Black Friday's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term began by 1966 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the period during which retailers are turning a profit, or "in the black."

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Black Friday falls on November 27 this year, the day after Thanksgiving :)

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Originally, the name Black Friday from the U.S. city of Philadelphia around 1965 and was first used to refer to the huge traffic in and around that city the day after Thanksgiving.

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It depends on the store, but most of the time it is at 12:01 AM.

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It seems to be started in 2010.

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