Today is “keiro-no-hi”

How are you spending your Silver Week?
Today is “keiro-no-hi” (Respect for the Aged Day) in Japan. It is a day to pay respects to elderly friends and family and to pray for their continued health and longevity.
Keiro-no-hi originated in Hyogo Prefecture but by 1950 it had spread throughout the country.

In Hyogo it was originally called “Day for the Elderly” but this was changed to “Respect for the Aged Day”.
Japan already had the national holidays Children’s Day and Coming of Age Day and Respect for the Aged Day became another national holiday.

Most people visit their grandparents and give them a gift on Respect for the Aged Day.
In Japan those over the age of 65 are considered elderly but I’m not sure many grandparents of 65 would be happy about receiving gifts on Respect for the Aged Day.
They probably feel they are too young to be considered elderly!
Do you have a “keiro-no-hi” where you come from? Is 65 considered elderly in your country?

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