Kim Jong-il died Dec. 17 of a heart attack. The decision to bestow special honors on the deceased leader was taken by the Central Committee of the Workers' Party. "The great leader Comrade Kim Jong-il will be permanently exposed to the Kumsusan Memorial Palace" a special report of the Political Bureau Central Committee states. The statue will be erected "as a sign of respect." But February 16 will also be celebrated as "the most important holiday for the entire people." The memory of the "eternal leader" will be kept alive by portraits of the great leader'' Comrade Kim Jong-il with a smile on his face and towers for his immortality will be built throughout the country.'' The goal is to "glorify his holy life and to mark the revolutionary breakthrough for his deeds forever."
The decision to embalm the body of the "dear leader" and expose it to the mausoleum of Kumsusan was expected by experts on Korean issues, as well as the construction of a large statue. Instead it came as a partial surprise that one of the most repressive and closed regimes in history would also name a new national holiday. Although in reality in 1997, after three days of mourning, Kim Il-sung’s birthday was renamed as "Day of the Sun". In 1998 and in 2009 North Korea launched two satellites, named "Gwangmyungsung No.1" and "Gwangmyungsung No.2" " with the word ‘gwangmyung’ itself meaning “bright future" or "ray of hope", hence the revised name.