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Japanese honor the elderly Monday on special holiday

Date Posted: 2007-09-13

Elderly citizens will be honored across Japan Monday, as the nation celebrates Respect for the Aged Day.

The national holiday, first instituted in 1966, is celebrated the third Monday of September. The special day first began in 1947, when Nomatanimura in Hyogo Prefecture declared September 15th as Old Folks Day. The celebrationís popularity spread, leading the government to upgrade the dayís status to a national holiday.

Respect for the Aged Day is treated extensively by the media, as well as citizens. Japanese pay homage to their deceased elders by visits to graves, offering prayers in their honors. They make the day special for their elders, visiting them, presenting them with flowers and special meals, and showing a special measure of love and respect.

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