Black Friday in the United Kingdom is a shopping observance imported from the United States that traditionally falls on the fourth Friday of November – the day after American Thanksgiving. It is not a bank holiday, but many people do “celebrate” it by going high street shopping and browsing deals online.
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Black Friday has been increasing in visibility in the UK over the last several years, pushing the start of the Christmas holiday shopping season earlier. For many retailers and shoppers it has become the unofficial first day of the Christmas shopping season in the UK.
The other major Christmas-season shopping event is Boxing Day the day after Christmas. However Black Friday is gaining traction compared to it, especially since Black Friday has the benefits of always being adjacent to a weekend with all stores open for business and public transport operating. By comparison, Boxing Day sees only some retailers open and public transport schedules are much more limited.