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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.

    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.

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