Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

Sep 16, 2017


 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

 

Do you know there is a day people need to express thankfulness to their seniors in Japan?
We call it in Japanese “Keiro no Hi” which means “Respect for the Aged Day and Seniors’ Day”
How did you spend your time with your grandparents when you were young?
There are lots of things have done well from their support.

Let’s see how “Keiro no Hi” has started and how people spend this day in Japan.

 

 

 

1. The Origin of Elderly Day

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

The origin of “Respect for the Aged Day and Seniors’ Day” is traced back to Hyogo Prefecture in Japan.
In the year of 1947, people’s wish of “Let’s be kind to the seniors and ask them for an advice to develop the village” had spread throughout the country.
Also, they want younger people to lift their interests in seniors’ welfare to promote in the future.

This society was originally held on September 15th (It changed to 18th afterward)
since people thought the weather around this date is nice and not so busy time for their field work.

 

Similar day to respect senior people in other countries are as follows:

 

□ “National Grandparents Day” in the US (2nd Sunday of September)
□ “Imperial Court Ceremony” in China (September 9th)
□ “Grandfather Day” (January 22nd) & “Grandmother Day” (January 21st) in  Poland
□ “Grandparents Day” in Italy (October 2nd)

 

 

2. What Do People Do on this Day?

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

Generally, people send their grandparents gifts to express their gratitude or have dinner with all the family member together, wishing them for a long life.
When you live away from your parents’ house and start to have your own home (because of marriage or work situation), constant family gathering becomes a little difficult.
However, if you try to see your parents, or bring your kids on “Respect for the Aged Day and Seniors’ Day”, you can make them happy.

One day if you become grandparents in the future,  you might truly know how nice to be surrounded by your family.

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

According to the Act on Social Welfare for the Elderly, seniors age is defined as 65 years old or more.
However, becoming seniors depends on their way of thinking. So you don’t need to think too much about your parents’ ages but just express an appreciation to your grandparents.

 

 

3. When is the Date?

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

The date of “Keiro no hi (Respect for the Aged Day and Seniors’ Day)” is the third  Monday of September every year.
The date is not fixed by actual date but the day of the week. So the date changes every year as follows:

For instance, this year 2017 is September 18th

2018 is September 17th
2019 is September 16th
2020 is September 21st

 

 

4. This Special Day is Public Holiday

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

People who live in Hyogo Prefecture requested the government to make “Respect for the Aged Day and Seniors’ Day” as a public holiday.
Why they’ve requested? It was because they thought there are “Children’s Day”, “Coming of Age Day” as public holidays so they wondered why seniors can’t have one?

It’s very grateful for peoples’ action to require this offer.
In the year 1965, “Respect for the Aged Day and Seniors’ Day” was
established officially as a public holiday.
Their strong wish of love and respect to seniors or grandparents who dedicated
their lives to contribute to society came true.

 

 

5. The Best 5 Gifts made Grandparents Happy

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

According to one of the gift shops statistics, grandparents real voice of the gifts made them happy are as follows:

 

 

The Gifts Made Granddad Happy

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

NO1. Alcohol

NO2. Clothes/Accessories

NO3. Gift Tickets

NO4. Japanese Sweets

NO5. Western-Style Sweets

 

 

The Gifts Made Grandma Happy

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

NO1. Flowers

NO2. Clothes/Accessories

NO3. Gift Tickets

NO4. Japanese Sweets

NO5. Western-Style Sweets

 

 

 

If you see ranking NO2, grandparents appreciate to have outfits or accessories gifts and this is something they want to keep them on all the time so that they remember about families every day.

 

Not only the gifts you buy from the stores but warm-hearted letters to express
how much you’re appreciated to your grandparents or drawing grandparents
portraits by your kids would be also nice gift.

 

 

Facts about Respect for the elderly day and seniors’ day in Japan

 

For those who are busy with your work or relationships throughout the year,
how about take a day off on “Respect for the Aged Day and Seniors’ Day” and try to see your grandparents?

One day, you will also be a granddad or grandma.
You will also dedicate your life to your family and when they show you their appreciation, you may feel you’re the happiest person in the world.

Grandparents are happy to see their own children and grandchildren.
One day you will experience the same situation.

 

Treat your grandparents with filial piety.
Don’t forget, you will be a senior one day.

YAE
Japan

 

 

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