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'Day of Sun': North Korea Celebrates Anniversary of Founder's Birth

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The Day of the Sun is one of the main public holidays in North Korea, which marks the birth anniversary of the country's founder Kim Il Sung, grandfather of current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Koreans have celebrated this day with concerts, flower festivals and cookie sculpture shows. People brought flowers to the monuments of Kim II Sung and his son Kim Jong Il on Mansu hill in the center of Pyongyang.

The Kimilsungia festival of flowers was opened for the occasion where a specially bred species of orchids, named after Kim Il Sung, was the highlight. Chefs and skilled persons from across the country created sweet sculptures. Many Koreans, as well as tourists have visited Mangyongdae, the birthplace of former President Kim Il Sung.

© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesSpectators walk across Kim Il Sung square as they arrive to watch a fireworks display during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018.
April 15, known as the Day of the Sun, is by far the most important and sometimes marked with a military parade, as it was last year.
Spectators walk across Kim Il Sung square - Sputnik International
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Spectators walk across Kim Il Sung square as they arrive to watch a fireworks display during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018.
April 15, known as the Day of the Sun, is by far the most important and sometimes marked with a military parade, as it was last year.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesWomen holding flowers arrive to pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Women holding flowers arrive to pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, - Sputnik International
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Women holding flowers arrive to pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesStudents take part in a mass dance event during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Mass dance event during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018. - Sputnik International
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Students take part in a mass dance event during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of former North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
© AP Photo / Cha Song HoNorth Koreans bow in front of the statues of the deceased leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill on the occasion of the 106th annivesary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea Saturday, April 14, 2018.
North Koreans bow in front of the statues of late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on the Mansu Hill. - Sputnik International
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North Koreans bow in front of the statues of the deceased leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill on the occasion of the 106th annivesary of the birth of Kim Il Sung, in Pyongyang, North Korea Saturday, April 14, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesSpectators react during a fireworks display over the Taedong river during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018.
Fireworks display over the Taedong river in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018. - Sputnik International
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Spectators react during a fireworks display over the Taedong river during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesA couple wait to join others to pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
A couple wait to join others to pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018. - Sputnik International
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A couple wait to join others to pay their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesSpectators stand before a fireworks display over the Taedong river during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Spectators stand before a fireworks display over the Taedong river during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018. April 15, known as the Day of the Sun, is by far the most important and sometimes marked with a military parade, as it was last year. - Sputnik International
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Spectators stand before a fireworks display over the Taedong river during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesFemale Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers gather after paying their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Thousands of North Korean devotees laid flowers before the statue of the country's founder Kim Il Sung on the anniversary of his birth. Current leader Kim Jong Un is the third in the dynasty to head the isolated, nuclear-armed country, where the calendar is packed with anniversaries relating to his two forefathers and their careers.
Female Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers gather after paying their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018. - Sputnik International
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Female Korean People's Army (KPA) soldiers gather after paying their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Thousands of North Korean devotees laid flowers before the statue of the country's founder Kim Il Sung on the anniversary of his birth. Current leader Kim Jong Un is the third in the dynasty to head the isolated, nuclear-armed country, where the calendar is packed with anniversaries relating to his two forefathers and their careers.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesStudents take part in a mass dance event during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Thousands of North Korean devotees laid flowers before statues of the country's founder Kim Il Sung on April 15 on the anniversary of his birth. April 15, known as the Day of the Sun, is by far the most important and sometimes marked with a military parade, as it was last year.
Students take part in a mass dance event during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018. - Sputnik International
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Students take part in a mass dance event during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Thousands of North Korean devotees laid flowers before statues of the country's founder Kim Il Sung on April 15 on the anniversary of his birth. April 15, known as the Day of the Sun, is by far the most important and sometimes marked with a military parade, as it was last year.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesPeople walk away after paying their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Thousands of North Korean devotees laid flowers before statues of the country's founder Kim Il Sung on the anniversary of his birth. Current leader Kim Jong Un is the third of the dynasty to head the isolated, nuclear-armed country, where the calendar is packed with anniversaries relating to his two forefathers and their careers.
People walk away after paying their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018. - Sputnik International
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People walk away after paying their respects before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, at Mansu hill in Pyongyang April 15, 2018.
Thousands of North Korean devotees laid flowers before statues of the country's founder Kim Il Sung on the anniversary of his birth. Current leader Kim Jong Un is the third of the dynasty to head the isolated, nuclear-armed country, where the calendar is packed with anniversaries relating to his two forefathers and their careers.
© AFP 2021 / Ed JonesSpectators react during a fireworks display over the Taedong river during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018.
April 15, known as the Day of the Sun, is by far the most important and sometimes marked with a military parade, as it was last year.
Spectators react during a fireworks display over the Taedong river during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018. - Sputnik International
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Spectators react during a fireworks display over the Taedong river during celebrations marking the anniversary of the birth of late North Korean leader Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2018.
April 15, known as the Day of the Sun, is by far the most important and sometimes marked with a military parade, as it was last year.
© AP Photo / Jon Chol JinFireworks explode in the sky in a celebration marking the birth anniversary of the late Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founding leader, at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Sunday, April 15, 2018. His birthday, also called the Day of the Sun, is the biggest holiday of the year in North Korea.
Fireworks explode in the sky in a celebration marking the birthday anniversary of the late Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founding leader. - Sputnik International
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Fireworks explode in the sky in a celebration marking the birth anniversary of the late Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founding leader, at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, Sunday, April 15, 2018. His birthday, also called the Day of the Sun, is the biggest holiday of the year in North Korea.
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