Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by Ian M, Nov 26, 2011.
Due to the holiday the Friday after became madness with traffic trains & shops etc all frantically busy to make up lost time. It then was named which stuck Black Friday. The shopping bit was added on I suppose as the begining of the Christmas festival.
Some of my less charitable British friends say we should celebrate it here to give thanks that they stayed!
It's held on the 4th thursday of november.
Similar to our harvest festival it's to give thanks for the end of a bountiful harvest season and 1621 having been a particularly bountiful year is where the tradition began. In 1623 after a poor start to the harvest there would be scarcely enough food to feed half of the 100 ish colonists and the wampanoag indians helped by providing seeds for growing and teaching the colonists to fish, which is where the giving thanks to the native americans part comes in. The whole thing wasn't made a regular day of celebration until the late 1660's.
So black friday is indeed the day after thanksgiving and the first friday before december.
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