What is Respect for the Aged Day?

In Japan, there is cause for celebration due to their national holiday, which is called Respect For The Aged Day!

Japan has designated a national holiday simply to honor and show appreciation for the elderly. This holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of every September.

It’s a paid holiday from work and traditionally, gifts are given to grandparents after sharing a festive meal together with them.

Respect for the Aged Day is taken far more seriously than other similar events, such as Grandparents Day in the United States.

Volunteers distribute free obento boxed lunches to elderly people in the neighborhood.

Also, in some small villages, the youth dance and provide entertainment.

There is a “no-elderly-left-behind” attitude about this special day, so even the lonely are cared for.

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