The following happened some days before the May Day in 1946, the year after the liberation of Korea (August 15, 1945).
During his inspection of North Hamgyong Province, Kim Il Sung, leader of new Korea, examined the schedule for the celebration of the May Day made by officials. The schedule included a mass parade headed by officials of the province and Chongjin City on horses.
That evening, after mentioning the fact to an official, Kim Il Sung said that workers and farmers were the most precious people in the liberated country and the pillars of the country and that so they should be in the vanguard of the May Day parade. He went on to say: This is the firm stand and view of our Party on the masses.
As a result, workers and farmers greeted the first May Day after national liberation with great joy and excitement.