North Korea phasing out ‘Day of Sun’ as name for biggest holiday: Tour agencies | NK News
June 23, 2024
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North Korea phasing out ‘Day of Sun’ as name for biggest holiday: Tour agencies

Changes in how to refer to birthdays of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il may be effort to elevate current leader, expert says

North Korea is phasing out the use of the term “Day of the Sun” to refer to the birth anniversary of founding leader Kim Il Sung, DPRK officials have reportedly told multiple foreign tourism organizations.

One of the tour agencies told NK News that North Korea is also discouraging the use of the term “Day of the Shining Star” to refer to Kim Jong Il’s birthday, with one expert assessing that the changes appear to be an effort by current leader Kim Jong Un to raise his status relative to his predecessors.

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