September 25, 2020

The unusual history of North Korea’s military foundation day

Like many of the DPRK's holidays, February 8 is a little bit of truth mixed with plenty of fiction

Today is February 8 and North Korea is set to conduct a massive military celebration, a day before the Olympics start in the South. But the history of this holiday is quite an unusual one.

February 8 commemorates the creation of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) in 1948. Unlike the Party or the country foundation days, this celebration does actually commemorate a real event.