Agency, 2 p.m. Laughter and other forms of happiness are banned in North Korea for 11 days. People in North Korea have been banned from laughing for 11 days, marking the 10th anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. According to a report by Radio Free Asia, such a ban had been imposed on Punyatithi before, but now, on the occasion of a decade, the ban has been extended for a few more days, according to international media.
North Koreans are also banned from drinking alcohol during the mourning period. A resident of the northeastern city of Sinuiju was quoted in the media as saying, “We should not do anything to drink, laugh or entertain while mourning. People are not even allowed to go to buy food. ‘During mourning period, people are not allowed to celebrate birthdays and they are not allowed to cry even if a member of their family dies.’
Kim Jong Il, who ruled North Korea for 17 years, died on December 17, 2011. Kim Jong Un’s son Kim Jong Un has ruled North Korea since then.Photo: Agency