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North Korea To Add January 8 Public Holiday

Source: The Chosun Ilbo (Seoul)
Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Most recent follow-up news item: December 22, 2019

The North Korean government is apparently getting ready to declare January 8 as a new annual national (public) holiday to commemorate the birthday of leader Kim Jong-Il's third son and heir apparent, Kim Jong-Un.

According to a North Korean source, "The Secretariat of the North Korean Workers Party's Central Committee has sent instructions to nationwide party organizations to 'meaningfully commemorate Comrade Kim Jong-Un's birthday", although the official stance of the South Korean government, as of yesterday, was that "celebrations are apparently being planned, but the North's move to celebrate January 8 as a new public holiday, has not been confirmed so far".

In 1975, in a similar move, Kim Jong-Il's, February 16, birthday became an annual national public holiday, the year before he was chosen as the regime's heir apparent.

Former personal chef to Kim Jong-Il, Kenji Fujimoto, has described Kim Jong-Un as "closely resembles his father physically and in terms of personality".

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