What Did People Do on Successor’s Birthday?

Shenyang, China — North Korea has designated Kim Jong Eun’s birthday as a national commemorative holiday and ordered factories, enterprises and other party sub-organizations to carry out lectures using recorded materials and hold loyalty singing gatherings.

A Daily NK source reported on Friday that, “On the 8th of January, workers all over the country were involved in athletics competitions, cultural performances and loyalty singing gatherings. In provincial party organizations, there were lectures for cadres listening to recorded materials distributed by the Central Committee of the Party.” The recorded materials, which consisted of praise for Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s achievements, were delivered by the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Central Committee of the Party.

The President of North Korean Intellectuals Solidarity, Kim Heung Gwang, said today that the title of the recorded material was “Let’s spread our national pride and spirit to the world.”

Until now, North Korea has referred only to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il’s birthdays as the biggest national holidays and given three days off for each.

On the 4th, the Secretariat of the Workers’ Party released a decree to each local party organization, ordering them to commemorate Kim Jong Eun’s birthday sincerely and significantly, while the National Defense Commission also instructed each military unit to do the same.