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Buy Nothing Day in Budapest

Article published on Jan. 14, 2011
Article published on Jan. 14, 2011

'Buy Nothing Day' (BND) - 24 hours dedicated to 'examining the issue of over-consumption' - has become one of the biggest campaigns to promote anti-consuming way of thinking all over the world, since its foundation in 1992 by an artist from Vancouver, Ted Dave. Also known as Black Friday, BND has been celebrated on the Friday immediately following one of the biggest shopping days in the US, Thanksgiving, while in Europe it is held in the last days of November. Other versions now include Buy Nothing Christmas, Cyber Monday (promoting online shopping), Advent conspiracy ('Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All') and Steal something day. While broadcast media traditionally boycotts BND, cafebabel.com covered the event in one of Budapest's biggest crossroads, the Blaha Luiza Square.