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on November 27, 2015

Black Friday is an American term to denote the Friday following Thanksgiving!

Which brings me to mind….I forgot to wish all a Happy Thanksgiving!

My Little Red Dot or Singapore does not celebrate Thanksgiving but given its diaspora of its people all over the world, we know what Thanksgiving is and with friends as expatriates, the commercial folks are entrepreneurial and so, Thanksgiving is now a restaurant and shopping thing.

We never say NO to a fun thing, an occasion to celebrate and eat.

Yup! We are a proud “foodie” nation.

All you have to do to strike a conversation with us, is to talk about food!

Chicken rice 😀 and you will see our eyes light up and we will let you know where you can get the “best” or we say “bestest” in our nation.

But when I saw today’s adverts in the papers – in all black background and I do not mean the infamous Rugby Kiwi Blacks from New Zealand 😉 I was reminded of Thanksgiving past…Oh oh and I forgot to wish my host parents in the USA. Shame on me ;-(

Our newspapers are splashed with headlines and full page ads from Robinson’s departmental store, screaming “80% off” and vehicles advertised as ” Black Friday specials, 4 units only!”

I wonder if the advertisers know about the original meaning of Black Friday other than commercialism intent.

I was quite shocked when I read from Wikipedia that “Black Friday” came about from the sale of slaves after Thanksgiving. [Wikipedia has changed the post now. Thankfully!] But this is now a misnomer.

Perhaps in modern times now, we are the new “slaves” to shopping. Isn’t it? We will charge about grabbing items on sale on this day and there will be tussling, angry flare up and no graciousness as we grab whatever there is before others.

Aah well….I got to hand it to the advertisers. If not, they will not have a big hefty account to boot and pay their minions.

Happy Friday and if you do not mind, I would rather leave out the “black” word before Friday given now that I know the meaning.


5 responses to “Friday

  1. rather interesting that black friday named for sale of slaves after thanksgiving. but i googled it and saw the wiki page, it looks like they have corrected it and say that it is named the day that businesses start earning a profit.
    quote,Some sources state that the term originated in Philadelphia, used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic that would occur on the day after Thanksgiving.[7][8] An alternative explanation is that retailers traditionally operated at a financial loss (“in the red”) from January through November, and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or “in the black”.[7][9] Contrary to what many believed, Black Friday did not originate from the sales of slaves on the day after Thanksgiving.[10]unquote .
    it looks like wikipedia is not always reliable as a source of information. does singapore get infectedby this american tradition too? here in uk, they introduced it last year, but they are now thinking it is a mistake because it reduced their profit for christmas. they discounted it a lot last year. but this year it is not much of a reduction.

  2. Neethu says:

    Chicken rice…😍😍😍😍me toooo😋😋😋

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