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KCNA Detailed Report on Grand Celebration of Centenary of Kim Il Sung's Birth
Pyongyang, May 9 (KCNA) -- The Korean Central News Agency released a detailed report Tuesday on the worldwide celebration of the 100th anniversary of President Kim Il Sung's birth.

Overseas Koreans and progressives of over 170 countries significantly celebrated the anniversary as an international holiday, a great auspicious event common to humankind, the report said, and went on:

They held more than 3 000 colorful events and over 12 000 media of the world gave wide publicity to the sacred history of Kim Il Sung's nation.

The Nordic preparatory committee for celebrating the centenary of the President's birth was formed in August 2008. It was the first of its kind and it was followed by the formation of more than 100 preparatory committees till 2011.

The preparatory committees organized colorful political and cultural events and held annual general meetings, giving momentum to the festive mood timed for the Day of the Sun.

The President was presented with prizes, orders, honorary titles, congratulatory banners, gifts, congratulatory messages and floral baskets from world progressives.

Leader Kim Jong Il, the dear respected Kim Jong Un, anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong Suk were presented with orders, honorary titles, prizes, congratulatory banners and gifts by governments, political parties, organizations, the groups for the study of the Juche idea and people of many countries and international and regional organizations.

Created at the International Friendship Exhibition House was a wax replica of Kim Jong Suk by the sincerity of the figures of the Hall of Wax Replicas of Great Persons in China.

More than 230 gifts were presented to the great persons of Mt. Paektu from the different parts of the world on the anniversary.

Kim Jong Un received at least 700 congratulatory messages and letters from heads of state, leaders of political parties, friendship and solidarity organizations and figures of various strata.

Figures of political and social circles of dozens of countries visited the DPRK missions and laid at least 800 floral baskets and bouquets before the portraits of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and their full-length portraits.

The number of delegations which came to the DPRK to celebrate the Day of the Sun reached more than 200 and the World Conference on the Juche Idea was held in Pyongyang.

The International festival for celebrating the centenary of the birth of the President was held in Mt. Paektu and Pyongyang.

The 28th April Spring Friendship Art Festival was held with the participation of prominent cultural officials and international and national concours winners and artistes from various countries. The IAAF-25th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon was held with the participation of a number of sportspersons from various countries and regions.

Meetings, memorial meetings, seminars, book, photo and arts exhibition, film shows, art performances and lots of other political and cultural events were held in a number of countries.

Colorful events were also held by overseas Koreans, everywhere Koreans resided.

Joint photo exhibition "Window on North Korea" was held in New York, U.S. on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

Kimilsungia and Kimjongilia festivals were held with splendor in several countries with the number of visitors reaching hundreds of thousands.

More than 15 278 900 accessed the website of the Internet international seminar hosted by the Korean Friendship Association.

Figures of various social standings and progressives around the world authored and published scores of books and more than 1 400 articles and poems.

More than 23 200 copies of the translated versions of works of the peerlessly great persons were published in scores of countries with due ceremonies.

At least 12 000 newspapers, news agencies, radios, magazines, bulletins and internet websites around the world carried special write-ups carrying portraits of smiling Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and photos dealing with the revolutionary activities of Kim Jong Un.

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