The signs are up in the shops. Black Friday not Viernes negro as you would imagine it to be in Spain. Just another custom we have seemed to have adopted from the United States. So how did this event come about?
Traditionaly this is the day that follows Thanks giving which is the fourth Thursday of November. The Friday is not an oficial holiday but has been adopted by a lot of employers as with the puentes in Spain. This is where a holiday falls close to the weekend and a majority of people take all the days bridging them together, thus producing a lot more people on the street and the busiest shopping day of the year. As with any commercial gimmick, its no long before it catches on all over the world and a majority of outlets have adopted the day to offer heavy discounts to increase their sales
In 2014, more UK-based retailers adopted the Black Friday marketing scheme than ever. Among them were ao.com, very.co.uk, John Lewis and Argos, who all offered discounted prices to entice Christmas shoppers.