Korea was under the rule of Japan till the World War II. In the aftermath of the war once Japan surrendered, Korea gained independence from it, but was further divided into North Korea and South Korea, with North Korea getting annexed to the Soviet Union. North Korea was able to achieve complete independence in 1948 under the leadership of Kim Il-sung. Thus Independence Day in North Korea is celebrated on 9th September every year, marking the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and its liberation from the Soviet occupation.
- Korea was further divided into North and South after 1945 allied victory in World War II, ending the Japan's rule over the country.
- North Korea was placed under the trusteeship of the Soviet Union with the aim of giving free reign once the provisional government took a more definite and a permanent form.
- The political imposition of the Soviet rule in North Korea was met with great resistance, and conflicts and power struggles rose up at the top levels of government.
- The Soviet forces finally gave up the reins of power to the able hands of Kim Il-sung in 1948
- Chogukhaebangŭi nal, meaning "Liberation of Fatherland Day" is celebrated in North Korea to mark its complete sovereignty.
- Independence Day, also known as the National Day is a public holiday in North Korea, when all government as well as private organisations remain closed.
- There is a military parade held across the capital city of Pyongyang.
- It is a day for fun and festivities when people step out of their houses to attend the parade, as well as go on picnics with family and friends.
- Cultural programmes in the form of stage shows are held across the country, where the people participate with great enthusiasm.
- In 2014 Independence Day coincided with the Mass Games. 100,000 people featured in a stage show to mark the two occasions.