Thanksgiving Day is an American holiday which encourages people to be thankful for the other people in their lives. The first Thanksgiving day was celebrated by colonists and Indians in 1621 as they shared a autumn harvest feast. Although, this date was not the official beginning of this holiday. The first official day was set in 1823, in the middle of the Civil War, when president Abraham Lincoln decided to let it be held at the every end of November. Nowadays, it is a public holiday and people return to their family homes for this day off. Americans usually celebrate by eating a traditional turkey and trying to be nicer than usual.
Some interesting facts about the day which follows Thanksgiving Day and has become a ‘tradition’ as well:
There’s one day in the year, when people around the world become crazy about buying things, going to stores etc. This day is called Black Friday. It’s an informal name for the day after Thanksgiving Day in the United States (the fourth Thursday of November). According to Wikipedia, Black Friday has been regarded as the beginning of the country’s Christmas shopping season since 1952. During this day, most shops are opened very early and offer promotional sales. In some states, Black Friday is considered as a day off for employees and schools, even if it’s not an official holiday.
“The Day After Thanksgiving” has been the busiest shopping day in the year since 2005. During this day, over 100 millions of Americans do the shopping.
For a few years Black Friday is popular in other countries. In Poland promotions aren’t as big as in the US, but people are still eager to wait for lower prices and buy some things, even if they don’t need them…
news prepared by Mateusz Gzel and Nikodem Buszko from 1 G edited by Ms Joanna Wołkowicka