Respect of the Aged Day 2019

Public and national holidays in Japan National Holiday in Japan

Respect of the Aged Day (Keiro no Hi) observed on the 3rd Monday in September was established as a national holiday in 1966 to express respect for the elders in the community.
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When is Respect of the Aged Day?

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Dates of Respect for the Aged Day
Year Weekday Date
2020 Monday
2019 Monday
2018 Monday
2017 Monday
2016 Monday
1 Day
Local Name
Keiro no Hi
Respect of the Aged Day was established as a national holiday in 1966 to express respect for the elders in the community

This national holiday is celebrated on the Third Monday in September.

Also known as Seniors' Day, Respect of the Aged Day, or Keiro no Hi, was established as a national holiday in 1966 to express respect for the elders in the community, and to recognise and thank them for their contributions to society and last but not least, celebrate their long lives.

Until 2003, the holiday was observed on 15 September. Since 2004, Respect for the Aged Day has instead been observed on the third Monday of September.

Traditions of Respect of the Aged Day

To honour their elders, many communities throw parties and offer special gifts to bring even more longevity to their lives.

Did you know?

Japanese citizens who become 100 years old in the 12 months prior to the day, receive a silver sake dish on Respect the Aged Day. From 2016, the dishes will be silver-plated rather than pure silver as the increasing number of centenarians made the silver dish too expensive a gift for the government to give to such a high number of people each year.

In 2017, the estimated number of people aged 65 and above in Japan hit a record high of 35.14 million, accounting for 27.7 percent of the Japanese population, according to a government survey. The aging of the population in Japan is a major issue as it creates concerns over how the country will fund health care and social security payments in the future with a contracting work force

Japanese media often take the opportunity to feature the older generations, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.

The Japanese Health ministry announced Friday that the number of Japanese citizens who were over 100 years old had risen once again to reach 69,785. Of that number, more than 88 percent are women. The figure is an increase of over 2,000 centenarians from 2017 and a dramatic increase from 1963, when Japan first started collecting data on those who had lived past 100. Back then, there were just 153.
Washington Post, 14 September 2018

The number of elderly people who have jobs reached a record high of 7.7 million, rising for the 13th straight year and accounting for 11.9 percent of the nation's total workforce. Meanwhile, the number of people aged 90 and above in Japan stood at 2.06 million, up 140,000 from a year earlier and surpassing 2 million for the first time.
Xinhua, 17 September 2017

The holiday traces its origins back to 1947, when Nomatanimura (now Yachiyocho), Hyōgo Prefecture proclaimed September 15 as 'Old Folks' Day'.

Its popularity started to spread nationwide, until in 1966 it reached its present name and status.

Silver Week

If Respect for the aged day falls on 21 September and Autumnal Equinox falls on 23 September and either 21 September is a Monday or 23 September is a Friday, then 22 September is declared as a people's holiday (kokumin no kyuujitu) - creating 'Silver Week'. This last happened in 2015 and will occur again in 2026.

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