From Red to Black: The History of Black Friday

From Red to Black: The History of Black Friday

Black Friday is called so because the term traditionally referred to the day on which retailers' accounting records went from being in the red (indicating losses) to being in the black (indicating profits). In the context of the holiday shopping season, it marks the beginning of the period during which retailers start making a profit, thanks to the surge in sales.

The origin of the term "Black Friday" in this context is a bit unclear, but there are several theories about its origin. One theory suggests that the name "Black Friday" originated in the 1960s in Philadelphia, where it was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving, as shoppers flooded into the city for the big sales.

Another theory suggests that the term "Black Friday" gained popularity in the 1980s when retailers started to promote the idea that the day's sales could help them move from being in the red to being in the black, financially speaking.

Regardless of its exact origin, Black Friday has become a widely recognized term that signifies the start of the holiday shopping season, with retailers offering significant discounts and promotions to attract customers and boost their sales. 

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