The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, famously known as North Korea has banned its citizens from laughing, shopping, and drinking from Friday onwards as a part of 11-day mourning on the 10th anniversary of former leader Kim Jong-il.
A report published by India Times indicate that the mourning period has been extended to 11 days as this is the 10th death anniversary, contrary to the usual 10-day mourning period observed every year.
For the unversed, Kim Jong Il passed away due to a heart attack on 17 December 2011.
The 69-year-old had ruled the country from 1994 to 2011.
Furthermore, Kim Jong Il was succeeded by his youngest son, present leader Kim Jong Un.
Even grocery shopping is banned on the exact day of the elder Kim’s death,
If your family member dies during the mourning period, you are not allowed to cry out loud and the body must be taken out after it’s over. People cannot even celebrate their own birthdays if they fall within the mourning period.
In the past, there have been many people who were caught drinking during the mourning period.
They were immediately arrested and treated as ideological criminals. After being arrested the people are taken away and never seen again.
The country has planned various events during this time that include a public display of Kim Jong Il’s photography and art, an exhibition, a flower named after him, and a concert.