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No one celebrates the American Thanksgiving in New Zealand, but – strangely enough – starting about 3 – 4 years ago, some of the local retail stores started celebrating Black Friday. And now this year Black Friday is a huge thing, with sales advertised on TV ads, in local newspapers (yes, we still have newspapers in New Zealand), and even in email spam. Even my local guitar store is having a Black Friday sale:
For those who don’t know, Thanksgiving always falls on a Thursday in America, and employees are given both Thursday and Friday off to make a long weekend. Since Friday is not an official holiday, all the stores hold sales, and it is the biggest shopping day of the year. Stores which were not doing well financially for most of the year (in the “red” as accountants say) suddenly make a lot of profit and move into the “black”. So that’s where the name came from. Question for non-Americans: Does your country also have a “Black Friday”, and if so, when did it start happening?
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