The citizens of North Korea have been banned from showing happiness for the next 11 days as the nation goes into mourning to remember the death of their former leader, Kim Jong Il, who ruled the nation for 17 years, starting from 1994 until his death in 2011.
During this time, the citizens are compelled not to show sings of laughing, they will not engage in any form of alcoholic drinking, neither will they show any signs of fun or happiness. The North Koreans were also ordered not to go for any shopping at the grocery store.
After the death of Kim Jong II, there has been 10 days in every year to remember his passing, but this year it will be 11 days to mark the tenth anniversary of his death. This was revealed by a North Korean from the northeastern border city of Sinuiju who spoke to Radio Free Asia (RFA) who said;
North Koreans are not allowed to go grocery shopping on December 17 – the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.
“Even 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, many people who were caught drinking or being intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals, they were taken away and never seen again.
“During the mourning period, we must not drink alcohol, laugh or engage in leisure activities.”
Kim Jong II died after 17 years of ruling the North Koreans, he was succeeded by his third and youngest son, Kim Jong Un, who is the current leader North Korea.