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Black Friday is the day following thanks giving day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas Shopping season. On this day, most major retailer open extremely early often at 4 a.m., or earlier and offer promotional sales to kick off the shopping season, similar to Boxing Day sales in many Common wealth Nations.

Black Friday is the day following thanks giving day which falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, the day after occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November.

Black Friday as a term has been used in multiple contexts, going back to the nineteenth century, where it was associated with a financial crisis in 1869 in the United States. The earliest known reference to Black Friday to refer to the day after Thanksgiving was made in a 1966 publication on the day’s significance in Philadelphia.

January 1966—BLACK FRIDAY is the name which the Philadelphia Police Department has given to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day. It is not a term of endearment to them. Black Friday officially opens the Christmas shopping season in center city, and it usually brings massive traffic jams and overcrowded sidewalks as the downtown stores are mobbed from opening to closing. Philadephlia Police and bus drivers call it “Black Friday”.

But this had a different story in some different countries like India. In India once a major riots occurred on March 1993 in the City of Bombay. Bombay is torn a part by a series of explosions leaving 257 dead, and close to 1400 injured. Investigators discover that the bombs were made of RDX, smuggled into the city with the aid of customs officials and the border police. This incident disturbed the peace and harmony of the city of Bombay. The harmony among the Hindus and Muslims had been spoiled in the city. There were huge wars among the Hindu and Muslim communities in the period from December 1992 to January 1993, which left over 1500 people dead. The ‘Bombay Riots’ was an unpredictable outburst of violence and abuse, resulting in enormous loss of emotional trauma and loss of property. One of the Chief inflamed suggests an attack on Bombay as the strongest message of retaliation, thus leading to BLACK FRIDAY 12 March 1993.

The most unforgettable incident which occurred in the United States in October 5, 1945 is named as Hollywood Black Friday. This name is given by the history of organized labor in the United States. On that date, a six month strike by the set decorators represented by the conference of Studio Unions boiled over into the bloody riots at the gates of Warner Brother’s studios in Burbank, California. The strikes helped the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947 and led to the eventual break up of the CSU and the organization of the then rival International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees leadership.

By October, money and patience were running low as some 300 strikers gathered at Warner Brother’s main gate on October 5, 1945. Tempetures were abnormally warm for the already hot LA autumn. When non-strikers attempted to report for work at 6.00 in the morning, the barricades went up and tensions flared. As replacement workers attempted to drive through the crowd, their cars were stopped and overturned. This was the worst scenario of that time so that’s making to name that incident as Hollywood Black Friday. 

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