Constitution Day in North Korea Date in the current year: December 27, 2016

Constitution Day in North Korea December 27 is Constitution Day in North Korea. This public holiday commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 1972.

The first Constitution of North Korea was adopted in 1948. It was modeled after the 1936 constitution of the Soviet Union. The leader of the USSR Joseph Stalin personally participated in the development of the constitution of the DPRK.

The 1948 constitution was replaced by a new supreme law in 1972. Under the new constitution, Kim Il-sung became the President of North Korea, supreme commander of the armed forces, and chairman of the National Defense Committee. Before the adoption of the 1972 constitution, the DPRK had no designated head of state.

The 1972 Constitution of North Korea established North Korea as a socialist state and defined it as a dictatorship of people's democracy. It was revised and amended in 1992, 1998, 2009, and 2012. The latest amendment included changes that state the DPRK being a nuclear-armed state.

North Korea's Constitution Day is celebrated with public speeches, official ceremonies, flag hoisting, and large parades. On this day, citizens honor the leaders of North Korea: Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and Kim Jong-un.

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