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When is North Korean National Day?
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|This holiday next takes place in 111 Days.|
Dates of National Day
|Founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 1948.|
The Day of the Foundation of the Republic (Korean: 인민정권 창건일) is a public holiday in North Korea, observed on 9th September.
Also sometimes known as Republic day, this is the National Day of North Korea and one of the most important public holidays in the country. Because the date is 9th September, it is also called '9 9'.
It commemorates the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 9 September 1948.
History of North Korean National Day
In August 1945, after defeat in World war II by American and Soviet forces, Imperial Japan give up control of Korea, which it had annexed in 1910. Following the liberation from Japan, the country was divided along the 38th parallel into zones of occupation by the victorious Americans and Soviets. As a result the Korean peninsula was divided into two countries.
A communist Soviet military regime was set up in the northern part of Korea. A new Supreme People's Assembly was elected in August 1948, and on 3 September 1948 a new constitution was promulgated.
On 9 September 1948, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea was proclaimed, with Kim Il-sung as Premier.
The day is celebrated with fervour across North Korea. Events such as art performances and exhibitions take place and it is a tradition for children to be admitted to the Young Pioneer Corps on National Day.
In 2018, North Korea marks the 70th anniversary of its foundation. North Korea often marks notable anniversaries of its main holidays with larger than usual public celebrations and this year will be no exception, with the 2018 military parade expected to be one of the biggest. Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to attend the parade during his state visit to North Korea on 9 September.
The holiday will also be marked by the start of the "Mass Games" event, which will run until 30 September.