Day of the Elderly - Keiro no Hi

Keiro no Hi (Respect for the Aged Day) - Respect for the Elderly Day

It is a feriado Japan, the date is intended to remind young people of the importance of respecting and caring for their elders. This holiday has been celebrated in Japan since 1966 and since 2003 has always been on the third Monday of September.

Japan has the largest number of people over 100 years old in the world. One in four people in Japan has 65 years of age or older. It is the country where the largest number of elderly people in the world is concentrated and, therefore, this date is very significant and of extreme importance for the Japanese people. In Japan, life expectancy is around 85 years of age for women and 78 years of age for men. It is an average considered high by world standards.

  • The first day of the Elderly

The first day of the Elder (Keiro no Hi), known as Toshiyori no Hi (Day of the Elder) was celebrated on 15 on September 1947 in the village of Nomadani (later Yachiyo-cho, now Taka-cho) Hyogo. The event was such a success that the local government decided to celebrate it every year and with the passage of time its popularity spread to neighboring towns that started to have their own Toshiyori on Hi.

Two decades after its appearance in 1966, the government of Japan led by Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, facing the enormous popularity and importance of the party, declares Keiro no Hi as an official holiday of celebration where families all over Japan express the respect for their senior citizens, be they family, friends or acquaintances in general. In 2003 the holiday was transported to the third Monday of September, thus creating long weekends that allow the citizens to go to their families to celebrate.

  • Celebration

To thank the elderly, various events take place all over the country. Kindergarten children or sometimes elementary school children prepare a show and give gifts to grandparents while some counties offer them a meal or organize a ceremony in their honor. Television stations run programs dedicated to the elderly, such as reports and interviews with centenarians, and show the latest statistics on aging populations. And as of 1963, the Japanese government began to give a commemorative silver bowl to the Japanese who reach the age of 100 years, but with increasing numbers, the government decided to reduce the size of the cup to cut costs in 2009. At 2014, 29.357 received a goblet. The increased cost of this led the government to consider making the bowls of a different material or simply sending a letter.

  • Population of the elderly

The number of people over 65 years has reached the record of 35,14 million, making up the maximum of 27,3% of the total population of the country, according to research released by the government.

Another impressive number in Japan is the centennial population, which increased for the 46XX year in Japan and hit a new record, surpassing the incredible mark of 65 thousand citizens aged from the 100 years.

National holiday: 21 of September, Elder's Day.

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