Kim Il Sung mural in North Korea
When is Birth Date of Kim Il Sung Day?
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|Kim Il-sung was born on 15 April 1912 and was the leader of North Korea from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994|
Birth Date of Kim Il Sung is a non-working day on 15 April in North Korea.
Also known as the Day of the Sun or Sun's Day, this holiday marks the birth of Kim Il Sung in 1912.
History of Birth Date of Kim Il Sung Day
Kim is reported to have been born in a small village outside Pyongyang on 15 April 1912.
His family fled to Manchuria in the 1920s due to the Japanese occupation of Korea. Kim became involved with the Communist party of China in the early 1930s and joined a guerilla group to fight against Japanese occupation, taking the name Il-sung ('become the sun') in honour of a famed guerilla fighter. During World War II, Kim became a Major in the Soviet Army.
At the end of the war, the Soviets needed someone to control the territory of North Korea and Kim was recommended to Stalin. On 9 September 1948, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed with Kim as the Soviet-designated premier.
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Kim Il Sung was born on the same day that the Titanic sank.
Kim remained leader until his death in 1994. He was Premier from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1994. He is Kim Jong Un's grandfather and despite his death, he remains the country's 'eternal president'.
Today, this public holiday to mark his birthday is seen as the most important national holiday in North Korea. It has been a public holiday since 1968, but was officially renamed as Day of the Sun in 1997.
Government and business offices, banks, and retail outlets will close for the Day of the Sun.
Every five years, the celebrations are on a larger scale than usual. In 2017, the holiday was marked by a massive military parade.