Black Friday was originally the Friday that preceded Thanksgiving in the US. It was a day to shop until you drop because many shops offer bargains, special sales, discounts, etc., for the upcoming Christmas and New Year season, around this time. Nowadays, Black Friday Sales and Deals have become ubiquitous in many parts of the world. In 2020, Black Friday falls on November 27.
On Black Friday, there will be huge crowds of shoppers eager to bag the best Black Friday deals and bargains. In fact, many people wait for this day to buy the things they need, and even things they may not need immediately, simply because it is the best chance to buy things at unbelievable prices, whether it is clothes, household goods, electronic equipment, etc. In the US, the 4th Friday in November is earmarked as Black Friday. The advertising blitzkrieg starts much before Black Friday so that shoppers are aware of the offers in-store.
Black Friday shoppers can follow certain tips to ensure a happy shopping experience on this day.
- Make a list of the things you need to buy.
- Reach the shop early to avoid long queues.
- Do some research about the products on offer.
- Enquire about a warranty, guarantee, and after-sales of the products being purchased.
- Avoid buying things that you don’t need.
How did Black Friday come about? Black Friday actually refers to the crash of the US gold market on 24 September 1869, a Friday, which pushed many Wall Street barons into bankruptcy. Many years later, the name was associated with the post-Thanksgiving period. Philadelphia cops were the first to bring about this link in the 1950s. Huge numbers of shoppers and tourists flocked to the city the day after Thanksgiving day, to see the football game between the army and the navy. This caused a lot of chaos and traffic jams, and shoplifters had a field day. The city cops couldn’t control the mayhem and were forced to work long shifts. Hence, they used the word ‘Black Friday’ to describe it. After the late 1980s, the term had become quite common, and soon retailers began to use it for their post-Thanksgiving sales.
Black Friday shopping has moved online in recent years, thanks to the smartphone and services like click and collect. This year, there will be even greater volumes in online purchases, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Astrology and Black Friday
Friday is generally an auspicious day for Hindus. In astrology, too, Friday is regarded as a good day. So, is Black Friday a good day for shopping, according to astrology? Let’s see.
Friday is linked to the planet, Venus, which is associated with pleasure, luxuries, and glamor. So, it is a good day to buy high-end luxury and entertainment products. You can also buy gifts for others on this day. If you know someone who is struggling financially, you can gift them something they need. This will make them happy and add to your good karma. It is also a good day to buy diamond jewelry.
However, it is essential to remember that for some people, Friday is not a lucky day, astrologically. Such people should avoid buying anything on Black Friday. Whenever such people buy something on Fridays, some problems may crop up invariably. For such people, there is always Cyber Monday, when there will be plenty of online sales and offers to choose from.