Respect for the Aged Day

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Respect for the Aged Day
Official name Keirō no hi (敬老の日)
Observed by Japan
Type National
Significance Honor elderly citizens
Date Third Monday in September
2014 date September 15  (2014-09-15)
2015 date September 21  (2015-09-21)
2016 date September 19  (2016-09-19)
2017 date September 18  (2017-09-18)
Frequency annual

Respect for the Aged Day (敬老の日 Keirō no Hi?) is a Japanese designated Public holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens.[1] It started in 1966 as a national holiday and was held on every September 15. After 2003, Respect for the Aged Day is held on the 3rd Monday of September due to the Happy Monday System.

This national holiday traces its origins to 1947, when Nomadani-mura (later Yachiyo-cho, currently Taka-cho), Hyōgo Prefecture proclaimed September 15 Old Folks' Day (Toshiyori no Hi). Its popularity spread nationwide, and in 1966 it took its present name and status. Annually, Japanese media take the opportunity to feature the elderly, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.


  1. ^ Amy Chavez (2008-09-02). "What is Respect for the Aged Day?". Retrieved 2008-09-15. 

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