American Culture: What is Black Friday ?

Today’s Black Friday in the US. If you would like to know more about this, please read Anne Egros’ article about this.

Anne Egros, Intercultural Executive Coach


When I first moved to New York City from Japan, I never heard about “Black Friday”. I remember the Macy’s Parade in the streets of NYC for Thanksgiving but did not notice this event the first year.


Black Friday is the name given to the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.


On this day, most major retailers open extremely early, often at 4 am, or earlier, and offer promotional sales to kick off the holiday shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Commonwealth Nations.


Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many non-retail employers also observe this day as a holiday along with Thanksgiving, giving their employees the day off, thereby increasing the number of potential shoppers. It has routinely been the busiest shopping day of the year .


NYC is not…

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2 responses to “American Culture: What is Black Friday ?

  1. I am curious about the results of the poll, personally I really don’t like the Holiday season because it turned to be commercual events only, totally in contradiction with the spirit of the celebration of Thanksgiving or Christmas.


  2. Me too, Anne. Personally I don’t like this stress about presents etc. and avoid it whenever I can. I’m very curious about the results too! Thanks again for writing this article 😉


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