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Respect for the Aged Day(敬老の日,Keirō no Hi?) is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens. A national holiday since 1966, this used to be held on September 15. In 2000, Japan implemented the Happy Monday System(ハッピーマンデー制度,Happī Mandē Seido?) which moved a number of national holidays to Mondays. Beginning in 2003, Respect for the Aged Day is held on the third Monday of September. In 2006, the holiday was held on September 18, 2006. Image File history File links Wiki_letter_w. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Old age consists of ages nearing the average lifespan of human beings, and thus the end of the human life cycle. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... September 15 is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years). ... The Happy Monday System ) was a decision by the government of Japan to move a number of national holidays to Mondays, creating a three-day weekend for those who normally have a five-day work week. ... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...
This national holiday traces its origins to 1947, when a town proclaimed September 15 as Old Folks' Day. Its popularity spread nationwide, and in 1966 it took its present name and status. Annually, Japanese media take the opportunity to feature the elderly, reporting the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.
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