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North Korea January 8 Not A Public Holiday

Source: The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Most recent follow-up news item: December 22, 2019

North Korean news media have reported that, despite past reports to the contrary, today's birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was not a non-working public holiday in North Korea.

Three years ago (2010-01-06), an obscure story about January 8 becoming a new public holiday in North Korea was reproduced in hundreds of online sources, with no subsequent verification or follow-up.

However, the following day (2010-01-07), North Korea's Central Committee of the Party confirmed that while North Korea would observe Kim Jong Un's birthday on Friday, January 8th, 2010, this would be only in the form of events restricted to officials, and not as an official public holiday.

Later that year (2010-12-16), this was confirmed when the birthday of Kim Jong-Un, was not listed as an official public holiday in the DPRK for the calendar year 2011.

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