Source: The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
North Korean news media have once again reported that, despite many reports to the contrary, today's birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was not a non-working public holiday in North Korea.
Four years ago (06-Jan-2010), 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 (07-Jan-2010), North Korea's Central Committee of the Party confirmed that while North Korea would observe Kim Jong Eun'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 (16-Dec-2010), 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.
It would appear that the source of this rumor that would not die comes from the annual official calendars which include January 8 as a "red day". However, red days on the official North Korean calendars are not necessarily non-working public holidays in North Korea, as these calendars contain other dates that are not non-working public holidays in North Korea, such as: Machine Worker's Day on February 12, Fishermen's Day on March 22, Geological Survey Day on May 15, and many more.
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