Is it Black Friday in the UK?


Black Friday as a commercial phenomenon doesn't really exist in the UK ([1], [2], [3]), although some in marketing would like you to think otherwise. The event is considered more acceptable stateside, in part because it's been tied to the day after Thanksgiving: an event which isn't commonly celebrated outside the USA.

In the UK, "Black Friday" can refer to a number of important political and social events, including those commemorated on the following dates:

While these are all far more interesting and worth remembering than a commercially organized shopping marathon, none of them occurs on this day either. There are also many more "Black Fridays" listed on Wikipedia if you'd like to read further, but we don't consider them here.