I’m fascinating by North Korea, hence by subscription to NKNews.org, a daily aggregation of stories coming out of that weird little country. One of this week’s dispatches dealt with how the country celebrates the birthday of long-dead Kim Il-Sung, the Great Leader.
It’s a bit long-ish, but stick around until the dancing starts.
Kim Il Sung’s birthday is a time of the year I have a lot of fond memories of. Rations would always increase, there would be lots of movies and documentaries shown on TV and in the theaters, and special operas would take place like “Flower Girl” or “Sea of Blood.” It really was – and still is – a special festival.
Although I didn’t really understand what the celebrations were for when I was a young girl, I still have vivid memories about how beautiful Pyongyang was around that time of year. Flowers would be in bloom and there was always great weather. It was always sunny on the big day – in fact, I don’t remember it raining once on April 15 in any of the 15 years I lived there!
Of course, I have stronger memories of the festival in my older years.