Kimilsungia Festival Opens

Pyongyang, April 13

(KCNA) — The 8th Kimilsungia Festival was opened here in a grand style. On
display in the venue of the festival are lots of potted Kimilsungias, the flower
of the sun, cultivated by military organs, the commissions and ministries of the
Cabinet, national institutions, Pyongyang Municipality, servicepersons, working
people, school youth and children, foreign embassies here, friendship
organizations, public organizations and individuals of foreign countries,
overseas Koreans and Chinese residents in the DPRK.

opening ceremony took place at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition on

Present there were Choe Thae Bok, Yang Hyong
Sop and Kwak Pom Gi, members of the Cabinet, leading officials of the
ministries, national institutions and working people’s organizations, officials
concerned, servicepersons, working people and school youth and children.

Also present there were the Indonesian cultural
delegation, the delegation of Koreans in Japan and other delegations of overseas
Koreans, the delegation of the Japanese Society for Loving Kimjongilia, foreign
and regional delegations and delegates of the Society for Supporting the
Propagation of the Immortal Flower and staff members of the Indonesian embassy

Kang Nung Su, chairman of the Korean
Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Committee, in an opening address said that the current
festival is of greater significance as it is open on the occasion of the first
anniversary of “Kimilsungia Is an Immortal Flower Blooming in the Hearts of
Humankind in the Era of Independence”, a famous work of leader Kim Jong Il
possessed of the noblest sense of moral obligation towards President Kim Il

He said that the army and people of the DPRK would
make the festival a festival of flowers praising the President boundlessly
revered by all people as a great man, a grand political festival which will
demonstrate the spirit of all the servicepersons and people dynamically
advancing to reach a high eminence of a great prosperous powerful nation under
the Songun leadership of Kim Jong Il.

He stressed the
need to boost the exchange and cooperation in cultivating and propagating
Kimilsungia and thus bring the flower of the sun into fuller bloom in Korea and
various other countries.

Director General of the Ministry
of Culture and Tourism of Indonesia Sri Hastanto who is heading the Indonesian
cultural delegation made a congratulatory speech. He said that the event in
which President Sukarno named a newly bred flower Kimilsungia and presented it
to President Kim Il Sung as a gift during his visit to Indonesia is always
remembered by the peoples of the two countries. He expressed the conviction that
the bilateral friendly relations would grow stronger in the future.

At the end of the opening ceremony its participants went
round the festival.

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