Respect for the Aged Day in Japan Date in the current year: September 19, 2016

Respect for the Aged Day in Japan Japan is known to be the country of long-living people. Elderly people are respected there and even have their own public holiday, that is known as Respect for the Aged Day. This holiday is annually observed on the third Monday in September.

Celebration of this holiday origins at the town of Taka, Hyōgo Prefecture. In 1947 the authorities of the town proclaimed September 15 to be Old Folk's Day. The holiday became very popular in other prefectures across Japan and already in 1966 it took its present name and status.

Respect for the Aged Day had been celebrated on September 15 till 2003. The set of modifications to Japanese law, widely known as the Happy Monday System, moved the holiday to the third Monday in September, thus providing people with a three-day weekend.

There are certain traditions regarding celebration of this holiday. Elderly people get presents from the authorities. The centenarians are presented with silver cups and letters from the Prime Minister. Media has an opportunity to report on the population of Japan and highlight the oldest people in the country.

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