Pyongyang, April 12 (KCNA) — A national meeting was held at the People’s Palace of Culture here on April 12 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of
the appearance of Kimilsungia, the flower representing the sun.
Present there were secretaries of the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea Choe Thae Bok and Jong Ha Chol, Chairman of the Korean Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Committee Kang Nung Su and working people in the city.
Also on hand were former President of Indonesia Megawati Soekarnoputri who is chairwoman of the Central Directive Council of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle and her party, Ratna Sari Dewy Soekarno who is widow of ex-President of Indonesia Soekarno and her party and other foreign guests and overseas Koreans who are staying here to attend the commemorations of the anniversary and the 7th Kimilsungia Festival, and staff members of the Indonesian embassy here.
Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly, made a report at the meeting.
Kimilsungia that appeared 40 years ago, carrying the august name of the great man symbolizes the highest glory and appreciation extended by progressive humankind to President Kim Il Sung, the reporter noted, referring to the background against which this immortal flower came into being and how it has been propagated. The reporter went on:
Reflected in the flower are the sincere feelings of the Indonesian people including Soekarno, the first president of Indonesia, and progressive people of the world who revered and praised Kim Il Sung.
President Soekarno invited Kim Il Sung to visit his country when the commemorations of the tenth anniversary of the first meeting of Asian and African countries were scheduled to be held in Bandung of Indonesia in April Juche 54 (1965).
When Kim Il Sung visited the world-famous Bogor Botanical Garden, the reverence of the Indonesian people for him was expressed to the full.
Soekarno guided Kim Il Sung to a potted flower, beautiful and rare, and explained the reason why an Indonesian famous botanist had bred and cultivated the new flower heart and soul and expressed his wish to name it after the President of the DPRK.
Kim Il Sung, very humble as he was, declined this offer, saying there was no need to give his name even to the flower as he had achieved nothing particular. Hearing this, Soekarno repeatedly asked Kim Il Sung to accept this offer, noting he deserved such high honor as he had done a lot for the good of humankind.
This happened on April 13, Juche 54 (1965), a significant event recorded in history. It was thanks to Soekarno’s son who remained true to his father’s lifetime intention that the botanical name of Kimilsungia was formally registered at the International Orchis Family Society to be known as a world famous flower.
It is ascribable to the benevolent leadership of Kim Jong Il that Kimilsungia has been in full bloom all over the world generation after generation.
Two potted Kimilsungias that struck their roots in the land of Korea have been massively propagated in a brief span of time under the care of Kim Jong Il. This flower has been widely distributed in different countries of the world thanks to the sincere efforts of many foreign friends.
Kim Jong Il saw to it that the First Kimilsungia Festival was held in April Juche 88 (1999) and the Kimilsungia Festival was made an annual event. He specified the form and methods of organizing the festival.
The reporter said that the Korean people would keep Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia in fuller bloom with all wisdom and intense loyalty and beautifully decorate the immortal flower festivals in order to powerfully demonstrate the strong spirit and might of Juche Korea advancing full of confidence of sure victory and optimism.
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