Reverence for Great Men across the World
In April last grand Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia exhibitions took place in many countries on the occasion of the 106th birthday of President Kim Il Sung, founding father of socialist Korea.
A Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia exhibition was held in a grand manner in front of the statue of Kim Il Sung in the campus of Jilin Yuwen Middle School, China. On display were 60 pots of Kimilisungia and over 200 pots of Kimjongilia surrounding a model of the President’s birthplace at Mangyongdae, along with diplomas the flowers had won at different exhibitions earlier and picture albums about the flowers.
The exhibition was participated in by over 3 000 Chinese figures and Korean residents in China including the deputy director of the Jilin provincial foreign affairs office and the deputy chief secretary of the Jilin Municipal People’s Government.
In the opening speech the general manger of an economic trading company in Jilin said: Comrade Kim Il Sung was a great leader ever known in history who was born as the sun of mankind on April 15, 1912 and devoted his all to his people with “The people are my God” as his lifelong motto, and a peerlessly great man all peoples hold in reverence. The immortal flower show held on the occasion of the Day of the Sun (April 15) in Jilin which is associated with Kim Il Sung’s activities and honored with the great comrade Kim Jong Il’s visit will be an important occasion in further strengthening the ties of friendship between the peoples of the two countries, he stressed with deep emotion.
The news of the flower show immediately spread across China through website weibo, and netizens posted in succession their impressions under the titles such as “Long Live Kimilsungia!” “DPRK-China Friendship Will Last Forever,” “Warm Welcome to the celebration of President Kim Il Sung’s Birthday at Jilin Yuwen Middle School.”
Similar exhibitions took place in Dandong and Dalian, China. Visitors to the exhibitions said, “President Kim Il Sung is always alive in our memory”, “This visit makes me know well about the history of development of China-DPRK friendship”, “I wish China-DPRK friendship will last forever like the blue water of the Amnok river”. And many of the visitors took home pots of Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia, fascinated by the flowers.
The immortal flowers Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia won the gold prize and diploma at the 15th China Azalea Show held in Sichuan Province, China.
A Kimilsungia exhibition took place in Jakarta, Indonesia, in April last marking the 53rd anniversary of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s visit to the country and the 53rd anniversary of the naming of Kimilsungia. Over 200 pots of Kimilsungia were on display on the exhibition stand against a screen depicting Kim Il Sung’s birthplace at Mangyongdae illuminated by the rising sun over Kimilsungia flowers. Works of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, books and magazines about Kimilsungia—over 300 in all – were also on display there.
The exhibition was participated in by over 100 Indonesian figures and people including the president, vice president, teachers and students of Bung Karno University. The president of the university said that it is especially the duty of the coming generations to further develop the friendship between the two countries sealed by their preceding leaders. He pledged he would strive to make sure that the younger generations including the students of his university invariably take over the will of the older generations.
A Kimilsungia exhibition was held in Guinea in the same month. In the opening speech the vice-chairman of the Guinean Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Association said that Kimilsungia had already spread from Konakri as a base to Senegal, Mali, Sierra Leone, Cote d’I voire and Nigeria, and that the flower would do across Africa as a whole through West Africa. Kimilsungia praising the great man who illuminated the way to be followed by mankind with the rays of Juche would be in fuller bloom along with the era of independence, the vice-chairman added.