Black Friday is the day when the trade offers special sales on all its merchandise.
As such, it is celebrated the day after Thanksgiving, the fourth Friday of November, and has its origin in the United States, although today this commercial formula has been extended to different countries in Latin America and Europe.
Traditionally, Black Friday is considered the first day to make Christmas purchases. To do this, both retailers and department stores put their products on offer to massively attract consumers.
English, Black Friday is literally translated ‘black Friday’. In Spanish, it is advisable to write it in lowercase and in quotes, to highlight it and distinguish it from other uses that have a negative charge (“it has been a black Friday in the New York Stock Exchange”) or tragic (“Decree black Friday by the prime minister , after a plane crash ”).
The oldest record of the expression black friday that is known is the allusion to Friday, September 24, 1869, when there was a resounding fall in gold prices in the United States, which caused a crisis in the markets of values.
However, the expression black friday, with the sense with which we know it today, began to be used in 1961, in the city of Philadelphia, when a public bulletin warned about the chaos generated on the public highway by trade rebates the day after Thanksgiving.
The Black Friday, as such, began in the United States and Canada, and has since spread to Latin American countries like Mexico, where it is called “El Buen Fin”, in relation to the weekend discounts Mexican trade offers with the goal stimulate purchases. In other countries, such as Spain, Panama or the Dominican Republic, the culture of Black Friday has been gradually acquired.
The counterpart of Black Friday is Cyber Monday or cyber Monday, created to stimulate online commerce, offering great discounts in online stores that day.