For the longest time when people said “Mass Games” they were referring to the Grand Mass Gymnastics and Artistic Performance Arirang, which henceforth became known as the “Arirang Festival”.

In actual fact, the Arirang was merely the theme of the Mass Games, with mass gymnastics displays having occurred in North Korea since as early as 1946. Arirang is a Korean folk song and story that is often considered the unofficial anthem of both North and South Korea. The Arirang Festival was held annually between 2002 and 2013 (with the exception of 2006).

Glorious Fatherland was timed to coincide with the national day of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on September 9th, and was attended by Marshal Kim Jong Un.

The spectacle of the Mass Games then ran until the end of October and, as well as being witnessed by many foreign tourists, was also attended by some very high-end dignitaries, including the president of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-In. A truly momentous event in the history of the Korean nation.

And how did Glorious Fatherland compare to Arirang? To say it was epic would be doing it a great disservice!

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