On the East Coast of America the term 'Black Friday' can be traced back to the mid 1960s. Some say that 'Black Friday' refers to the pattern of pedestrian and vehicle traffic as seen from the air in cities such as Philadelphia, others say it's the day in the year when many shops go from being in the red to going into profit or into the black.
While Thanksgiving is an official holiday, the day after is not. However, many workers take this Friday as a holiday making a nice four day weekend. 'Black Friday' has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
Coincident with the advent of internet shopping, 'Black Friday' has gained a worldwide reputation for a spending bonanza and the time for stores to finalize their Christmas displays. We also celebrate Cyber Monday, for all the online shopping deals.
There are many traditions that have spawed from Black Friday, like families that celebrate Thanksgiving together and then all head out to the mall when it opens at Midnight. Many stores will be doing the same sales online Friday as they have in the stores.
Do you plan on going shopping on Black Friday? Or will you be waiting til Cyber Monday?