National Day of North Korea

national dayThe National Day of North Korea is on the 9 September (declaration of a democratic people’s republic 1948). See the history behind  their national day as well as the National Day of South Korea. This is a brief history of the National Day of the country.

National Day of North Korea

Firstly the National Day of North Korea is celebrated annually on the 9th September. This day in North Korea is also known as the Day of the Foundation of the Republic, or Choson’gul: 조선민주주의인민공화국창건일. Finally this holiday marks the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1948.

Kim Il Sung was the founder of North Korea and a key figure in the country’s revolutionary history. He led the Korean People’s Army against the Japanese occupation during World War I. There was also Ri Sun Sin who was a military commander during the late 16th century. He has been credited with leading a successful defense against Japanese invasions of Korea. He is a hero in both North Korea as well as in South Korea.

The day is celebrated with various events and ceremonies across North Korea, including fireworks, parades, and performances. The most prominent celebration takes place in the capital city of Pyongyang, where large-scale military parades are often held.

See also the National Day of Laos as well as the National Day of Singapore and the National Day of Kiribati.

North Korean Public Holidays

Firstly here are some of the major public holidays in North Korea:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • Lunar New Year’s Day (varies each year, usually in January or February)
  • International Women’s Day (March 8th)
  • Day of the Sun (April 15th, the birthday of the country’s founder Kim Il Sung)
  • International Workers’ Day (May 1st)
  • Victory Day (August 15th, marking the end of Japanese colonial rule in 1945)
  • National Foundation Day (September 9th, marking the founding of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
  • Party Foundation Day (October 10th, marking the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea)
  • Christmas Day (December 25th)
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Finally you will note that these dates can change as some of them are based on the Lunar cycle.



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