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What are the Origins of ‘Black Friday’?

19 November 2021

Have you ever wondered where the term ‘Black Friday’ originates from?

The word ‘Black’ historically precedes an event to denote a period of dread or tragedy – The Black Death, The Black Sunday Bushfires, Black Monday Stock Market Crash and countless generic yet tragic ‘Black Friday’ events across history.

However ‘Black Friday’ as a retail term has a much more mundane origin in comparison to the notable events above. Essentially, it was just a busy day at work!

Black Friday 2022

It was first coined in 1951 by police in Philadelphia, USA in response to the huge crowds of people and congested roads when shoppers descended into a purchasing frenzy the day after Thanksgiving, marking the start of the Christmas shopping period.

In recent years, the American ‘Black Friday’ event has given our classic British Boxing Day sales a run for their money, but there is no changing our polite shopper etiquette! *Ques in line and smiles awkwardly*

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Black Friday deals are coming to the Aztec Club & Spa in Torquay!

  • 7 days unlimited gym use for only £10
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Available to purchase from Friday 26th November from our Aztec Reception, we’ve got some great offers lined up. FIND OUT MORE


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