Laughing and drinking banned for 11 days in North Korea
It was announced that 11 days of mourning was declared in the country on the 10th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il, who was the head of North Korea from 1994 to 2011.
During this time, laughing and drinking were banned in the country for 11 days.
While the commemoration ceremony for Kim Jong-il’s death anniversary was held at Kumsusan Sun Palace last Friday, current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended the ceremony.
While tens of thousands of North Koreans attended the ceremony, it was noted that 37-year-old Kim Jong-un, who was displayed at his father’s commemoration ceremony, was considerably weakened.
‘Celebrating a birthday and laughing is forbidden’
As flags were lowered at half-mast in the country as part of commemoration events, a Sinuiju resident told Radio Free that North Koreans entered an 11-day mourning period for the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death, and government-imposed laughing, drinking, and participating in leisure activities. He said that he had to comply with various prohibitions.
“Many people who were caught drinking or intoxicated during the mourning period in the past were arrested and treated as ideological criminals,” the North Korean said, adding, “They were taken away and were never seen again.”
The Sinuiju resident added that it is also forbidden to celebrate birthdays and mourn loved ones during this 11-day period.