This Japanese national holiday is celebrated on the Third Monday in September.
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 be held on 15 September. Since then, Respect for the Aged Day has instead been observed on the third Monday of September.
To honour their elders, many communities throw parties and offer special gifts to bring even more longevity to their lives.
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