Respect for the Aged day, or Keiro no Hi, is a national holiday held each year on the third Monday of September, and honors the elderly citizens of Japan. This is an important day, especially because of the increasing number of elderly, as well as Japan being one of the countries with the longest life expectancy.
The Japanese Government started to give silver sake cups to Japanese citizens when they become 100 years old since 1963. The number of cups given away was only 153 in 1963, and increased gradually each year, with almost 30,000 given in 2014. Because of this, the Japanese Government decided in 2009 to reduce the size of these cups in order to cut costs. Since then, the government is considering making the cups from a different material or to stop making these cups altogether and simply send a letter to Japanese centenarians.
This holiday used to be set on September 15, but this has changed to the third Monday of September due to the Happy Monday System.
Date of Respect for the Aged Day for the coming years:
2018 → September 17
2019 → September 16
2020 → September 21
2021 → September 20
2022 → September 19