All publications produced by the North Korean authorities are intended to propagate the regime, and the calendar is no exception. By looking at the North Korean calendar, we can estimate the major political events of the year. In April of this year, attention is paid to whether a large-scale event will be held as the political calendar for the anniversary of the retirement (a year that folds in five or ten years) is crowded.
If you look at the contents of the April 2022 calendar obtained by Daily NK, as in any other year, Kim Il-sung’s birthday (Day of the Sun, April 15) and the founding date of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army are marked as anniversaries. However, it is expected that North Korea will make special preparations this year in terms of the 110th anniversary of the Day of the Sun and the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army.
North Korea has usually held large-scale events such as military parades and crowd competitions on the anniversary of its retirement.
In particular, this year marks the 10th anniversary of the appointment of Chairman Kim Jong-un as the first secretary of the Workers’ Party (4.11) and first chairman of the National Defense Commission (4.13).
Attention is focused on whether the event leading to the appointment of Chairman Kim, the Day of the Sun, and the founding of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army will be held.
There is a possibility that North Korea, which is experiencing economic and social difficulties due to strong sanctions against North Korea, novel coronavirus infection, and natural disasters, will try to increase the cohesion of the regime through a large-scale short-term.
In fact, there have been situations where North Korea has been preparing for a large-scale military parade since last year to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Sun.
In June of last year, it was reported that North Korea was preparing for a military parade for this year’s Day of the Sun. (▶Shortcut to related articles: 38,000 people this time… North Korea prepares the largest military parade for the 110th anniversary of the Sun’s Day next year)
In addition to this, North Korea’s retirement anniversary this year is the 80th anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s birthday (Gwangmyeong Holiday, February 16) and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Constitution Day of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (December 27).
In addition, last year, North Korea created an independent ruling ideology of ‘Kim Jong-un’s revolutionary ideology’ and tried to put Chairman Kim in the same rank as his predecessor, but did not designate his birthday as an anniversary this year.
However, it is known that the General Political Bureau of the North Korean People’s Army has announced that it will hold the “All Army (Idol) Artwork Contest” for the first time on the occasion of Chairman Kim’s birthday. (▶Shortcut to related articles: North Korean military opens first ‘Idol Painting’ exhibition on Kim Jong-un’s birthday (January 8))
Accordingly, it seems that the intention is to create a social atmosphere over time, while idolizing Chairman Kim.
Meanwhile, Rocket Industry Day (November 29), which appeared on the calendar last year and received attention, was excluded from this year’s calendar.
No other public holidays or political schedules markedly different from last year were found in this year’s North Korean calendar.
As in previous years, International Women’s Day (International Women’s Day, March 8), Chosun Boys’ Day (June 6), Songun Day (August 25), and Republican Foundation Day (September 9) are closed. has been designated as
North Korea has a total of 69 holidays this year, two more days than South Korea.
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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