When Is Respect for the Aged Day? What Do You Do on Respect for the Aged Day?
In Japan, there is a holiday called Respect for the Aged Day (Keiro-No-Hi in Japanese). This is a day to express gratitude to elders, and celebrate their good health and longevity, and sometimes give gifts.
Respect for the Aged Day Is a National Holiday
Respect for the Aged Day is a national holiday that was established in 1966, and is now celebrated on the third Monday of September every year. It is a day to show respect to elders who have contributed to society for a long time, and celebrate their good health and longevity. It applies to elderly people around you including grandparents, parents, and former teachers.
What Age is Considered Elderly?
There is no age limit for elders who are celebrated on Respect for the Aged Day. As a rough guide, it seems that people over the age of 60 are considered to be elderly. It is best to start celebrating it at a time when you want to express gratitude, instead of being overly sensitive about age. These days, it is often celebrated when someone becomes a grandparent.
How Do You Celebrate Respect for the Aged Day?
Some families get together for dinner, or send gifts or letters to celebrate this holiday. However, what is important is respecting the elders and celebrating their longevity. Take it as an opportunity to express your gratitude to elders around you instead of worrying too much about giving gifts.