I am from India but I have an interest in other countries cultures and festivals. I would like to know how your thanksgiving went and how thanksgiving became a festival. So can you guys brief it here? and what is black friday?
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My thanksgiving was good. We went to my sisters, where about 20 of us had a big lunch - turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, cranberry sauce...nothing too unusual. We had pumpkin pie and pecan pie, and a chocolate cake.
I'm not sure how the holiday evolved into exactly what it is today.
and Black Friday is the day after thanksgiving. Lore has it that this is the day when all the businesses go from red ink to black ink - i.e. start turning a profit for the year. Today it's really more about stores having massive sales to get you to buy for christmas. For example, they'll advertise something like a 72" tv on sale for $300 (normally $1200). But they only have two at that price. There is a mad rush of folk trying to get in to get the best, limited deals.
And in the past few years, black friday sales now sometimes start on thursday night.
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fred rosenberger wrote:. . . black friday sales now sometimes start on thursday night.
An affliction which has crossed the Pond; we had a whole weekend of adverts.
People misunderstand “black” as meaning dangerous or tragic. I am old enough to remember red and black ink on bank statements. In our town Black Friday is in two weeks, when all the office staff go out on the razzle and we have to pick up people who are not used to drinking more than one pint/glass of wine. Only last year the radio presenters spoiled everything by calling it Black‑Eye Friday and scaring people off.
The marketing terms "Black Friday" and this "Cyber Monday" are both present in Germany, since a few years. I don't really know how it looks with regular shops (I am not visiting malls/big supermarkets, neither I watch TV/news to see what is happening), but a lot of online stores are making price drops on these days. You can see "Black Friday" everywhere in German Internet at least a week before the day.
Now a question from me: how popular is the famous Turducken, and how does it taste?