The Day of Songun is a public holiday that’s observed in North Korea annually on August 25th. This holiday was first celebrated in 1960 to commemorate the beginning of Kim Jong-il’s military-first, or Songun, leadership. It wouldn’t be elevated to the status of an official holiday until Kim Jong-un did so in 2013.
It has since become a holiday that’s completely associated with Kim Jong-un and is used as a tool to reinforce his legitimacy to rule and the preternatural military abilities of the family. Because it’s associated with Kim Jon-il, it’s a holiday that’s often used as a placeholder for his birthday since his actual birthday hasn’t been added to North Korea’s official holiday calendar.
The History Of The Day Of Songun
In 1960, the anniversary of President Kim il Sung’s visit to the 105th Armored Division. This tank division was part of the main advance during the Korean War from Seoul to Taejon.
The visit to this division was symbolic to mark the birth of Kim Jong-il’s military leadership. As important as this day was, however, it wasn’t an official holiday. That wouldn’t happen until Kim Jong-Il made it an official holiday in August of 2013. This date is significant because it’s the 53rd anniversary of the original event.
Observing The Day Of Songun
In North Korea, this holiday is marked by people visiting historic sites to lay flowers at the monuments dedicated to the military and to government leadership. It’s also marked with mass dancing events, military parades, and speeches given by military personnel.
When is Day Of Songun?
|This year (2022)||August 25 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||August 25 (Friday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||August 25 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|