Welcome to TGIF.com—let’s get this party started!
Most everyone in the English-speaking world is familiar with “TGIF,” an acronym that stands for “Thank God It’s Friday” (or, alternatively “Thank Gosh It’s Friday,” or “Thank Goodness It’s Friday”). The expression, which has been popularized in the last few decades through media, entertainment and marketing, nonetheless represents one of the most deep-seated features of human nature: the universal need to have fun, relax, and hang out with friends and family. And what day better represents this need than Friday, the start of the weekend?
The history of celebrations goes back all the way to ancient times: it just goes to show that regardless of our cultural background or historical era, we will use any excuse to party, to celebrate, to have fun. The Bacchanalia of ancient Rome, for instance, were some of the most infamous episodes in the history of parties—period. They were huge nights of drunken revelry and orgiastic joy named after and held in honor of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.
Right now, as you read this—be it Friday or not—there are millions upon millions of people at one place or another on Earth who are having a blast with their friends and loved ones. Nightclubbing, birthday parties, theme parties, traditional celebrations, corporate events, bachelor parties, weddings, receptions… you name it, chances are it’s happening someplace.
As you can learn here by browsing through the various tabs on the TGIF website, modern communications technology has made party planning and organizing special events a lot more convenient and hassle-free. Not only that: if you’re bored at home and have Internet access, you can probably look up events in your area and find something exciting to do.