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“May Day Marked in DPRK” & “National Meeting Marks May Day”- 2013 [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Holidays, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Pyongyang, Songun policy, Workers Party of Korea WPK on May 1, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

“MAY DAY MARKED IN DPRK

Pyongyang, May 1 (KCNA) — The May Day was significantly marked in the DPRK on Wednesday.
Parks, pleasure grounds, industrial establishments and cooperative farms were in a festive mood with colorful art performances and sports and amusement games.
Artistes of the Phibada Art Troupe gave a performance at the plaza of the Arch of Triumph and the National Folk Art Troupe at the Taesongsan Pleasure Ground. Put on the stages were mixed quartet “Our Leader Loved by People” and male duet “Peace Is Guaranteed by Our Arms”. The performers sang high praises of the undying feats of the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.
Acrobats of the National Circus put on the stage acrobatics at the Mangyongdae Amusement Park. Builders of the capital city spent the holiday, playing sports games at Kim Il Sung Stadium.
The workers of the Huichon Power Station, the Pyongyang and Pukchang thermal power complexes, those of the Kangson Steel Complex, Songjin Steel Complex, the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex and the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex, coal miners in Anju and other working people in the fields of light industry and agriculture across the country added to the atmosphere of the holiday with sports and amusement games.
Intellectuals of the State Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Agricultural Science, the Academy of Medical Science and other scientific research field across the country significantly marked the May Day. -0-

NATIONAL MEETING MARKS MAY DAY

Pyongyang, May 1 (KCNA) — A national meeting was held at the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex Wednesday, the 123rd May Day.
Present there were Pak Pong Ju, Kim Ki Nam and Yang Hyong Sop, and officials of the local party and economic organs, labor innovators and other people.
Premier Pak Pong Ju, member of the Political Bureau of the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea, made a report at the meeting.
He said that May Day is a significant holiday for fully demonstrating the revolutionary spirit and militant power of the working people of Songun Korea who are making devoted efforts for the prosperity of the country, united around the Workers’ Party of Korea in one mind, adding that it also serve as a holiday for strengthening international solidarity with working people the world over who are struggling to break iron chains of capital and attain democratic freedom and right and lead an independent life.
The working people of the DPRK are extending militant greetings and firm solidarity to the working people the world over struggling for a just and peaceful new world under the banner of independence against imperialism on May Day, he noted, and went on:
President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il wisely led the Korean people to successfully discharge their noble historic mission and duty in the struggle for realizing the revolutionary cause of Juche, the socialist cause.
The dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un is trusting and putting forward the workers and other people as revolutionary comrades and comrades-in-arms and energetically leading them to dynamically advance toward the final victory.
The workers and other people of the DPRK have devotedly worked for the country and revolution with hammers, sickles and writing brushes remaining true to the leadership of the party and the leader in the annals of the Korean revolution that was adorned with victory and glory.
There are many countries in the world and each country has many working people but there are no working people as those of Songun Korea who devote themselves to the patriotic cause with their creative labor efforts, displaying the independent dignity as human beings and leading a worthwhile and proud life under the care of the peerlessly great persons.
The reporter underscored the need to defend the dignity and sovereignty of the nation and build the best country, the people’s paradise on this land, by carrying out the new strategic line on simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of nuclear force in the spirit of the March, 2013 Plenary Meeting of the C.C., the Workers’ Party of Korea under the leadership of Marshal Kim Jong Un. -0-

KCNA webpage link: http://www.kcna.kp/kcna.user.article.retrieveNewsViewInfoList.kcmsf#this

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DPRK Children Mark Int’l Children’s Day [Korean Central News Agency / KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Holidays, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Pyongyang on June 5, 2012 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) — Children of the DPRK marked International Children’s Day on June 1.

The nurseries, kindergartens, parks and recreation grounds across the country were crowded with happy children and their kindergarteners and parents in holiday dresses.

There took place colorful sports and amusement games and art performances at Kim Jong Suk Nursery, Ryugyong Nursery No. 1, the Ryonhwa Nursery, the Changgwang Kindergarten, Pyongyang Tangsang Kindergarten No. 2 and Taesongsan and Moranbong recreation grounds.

Children in different parts of the country also enjoyed their holiday in excitement…

…Children held meetings to tell about their prides [sic] and sports and amusement games.

They vividly showed their happiness of bringing their hope and talents to full blossom as king[s] of the country.

KCNA English homepage: http://www.kcna.co.jp

National Meeting and Grand Mass Gymnastics and Artistic Performance Arirang on the 63rd Anniv. of the DPRK [Naenara.com.kp]

Posted in Arirang, DPR Korea, Holidays, Japan, Kim Il Sung, Pyongyang, Workers Party of Korea WPK on September 12, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

September 10, 2011

A national meeting took place at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on September 8 to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the DPRK.

It was attended by deputies to the Supreme People’s Assembly, officials from Party, military and government organs, social organizations, ministries and national agencies, officers and men of the Korean People’s Army and the Korean People’s Internal Security Forces, officials from the fields of science, education, culture and the arts, public health and the mass media, bereaved families of revolutionary martyrs, persons of labour feats and other working people in Pyongyang.

Among the participants were also overseas Korean delegations, including the congratulatory group of Koreans in Japan who have come to their socialist motherland to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the founding of the DPRK, Korean compatriots and the representative of the Pyongyang Mission of the Anti-imperialist National Democratic Front

Present there on invitation were also diplomatic envoys, members of military attaché corps, representatives of international organizations and foreign guests in the DPRK.

Senior Party, government and army officials, leader of a political party, officials from military organs, social organizations, ministries and national agencies, heroes and persons of merits appeared in the platform.

The platform was also taken by the vice-chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.

Choe Yong Rim, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and premier of the DPRK, delivered a report at the meeting.

That day grand mass gymnastics and artistic performance Arirang, winner of Kim Il Sung Prize, was given at the May Day Stadium.

The performance received high acclaim from the audience for its high ideological and artistic value as it unfolded the proud history of victory and glory traversed by the DPRK with beautiful and graceful music and dance, dynamic mass gymnastics and an ever-changing display of background.

Original article contains photos

Article link here: http://www.naenara.com.kp/en/news/news_view.php?0+32204

China, DPRK celebrate Lantern Festival in Pyongyang – PHOTOS [Xinhua]

Posted in DPR Korea, Holidays, Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang, Workers Party of Korea WPK on February 18, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Kim Jong Il (1st L, front), top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Ri Yong-ho (2nd L, front), member of Presidium of Political Bureau of Central Committee of Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and chief of the Korean People’s Army General Staff, Kim Jong Un (3rd L, front), vice-chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission, attend a concert in Pyongyang, capital of DPRK, Feb. 17, 2011.  The DPRK held a concert in Pyongyang on Thursday, to mark the traditional Lantern Festival of the lunar year of 2011, together with some Chinese guests in Pyongyang. (Xinhua/Gao Haorong)

Kim Jong Un, vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), attends a Lantern Festival concert in Pyongyang, capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Feb. 17, 2011… (Xinhua/Gao Haorong)

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Pyongyang sees quiet National Day with few celebrations [Xinhua]

Posted in DPR Korea, Holidays, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Photos, Pyongyang on September 10, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) holds a meeting to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of its founding at the 4.25 Cultural Hall in the capital of Pyongyang, Sept. 8, 2010, in this picture released by the country's KCNA news agency on Wednesday. (Xinhua/KCNA)

PYONGYANG, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) saw a quiet National Day on Thursday as the world was busy making speculation on the coming conference of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), the first of its kind in 44 years.

Though a state banquet is declared to be served at People’s Palace of Culture later in the day, Xinhua reporters saw virtually no celebrations held in Pyongyang.

Under early fall sunshine, the bronze sculpture of late leader Kim Il Sung in the center of Pyongyang had already been piled with baskets of flowers with the biggest one presented by incumbent leader Kim Jong Il, Kim Il Sung’s son.

Workers, students, soldiers … people from all walks of life, some of whom were in national costumes, queued in long line in front of the sculpture, waiting to present flowers to the former leader, also founder of the country.

The nearby Kim Il Sung Square, where thousands of people rehearsed group performance in the past few days, went empty, with only several workers repairing the damaged parts of the ground.

National flags were fluttering on street lampposts.  The passengers-by and cars on the streets were fewer than usual as people were taking National Day holidays at home.  However, a number of stalls were set up on pavements, selling soft drinks and socks.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) holds a meeting to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of its founding at the 4.25 Cultural Hall in the capital of Pyongyang, Sept. 8, 2010, in this picture released by the country's KCNA news agency on Wednesday. (Xinhua/KCNA)

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PHOTOS:Stamps of Children’s Day, World Cup issued in DPR (North) Korea [KCNA]

Posted in 2010 South Africa World Cup, DPR Korea, DPR Korea, Holidays, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK, Photos, Postage Stamps on June 5, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

 

[Photos courtesty Korea News Service / KCNA]
 
I’m sorry to say that no shareable photos of the Children’s Day stamps were released on the public KNS Photo Service website.  – 左手
 
Stamps of Children’s Day, World Cup
 
   Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) — New postage stamps have been issued in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to mark the 60th International Children’s Day and the to-be-soon-held 2010 South Africa World Cup.

The souvenir sheet commemorating the children’s day portrays Korean children living a happy life under the care of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the DPRK Government. 

Seen in the souvenir sheet and sheetlet marking the world cup are its trophy and footballers playing matches.

“Children’s Day Marked” in North Korea (DPRK): Two articles [KCNA]

Posted in DPR Korea, Holidays, Korean Central News Agency of DPRK on June 2, 2010 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Children’s Day Marked

Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) — A joint friendly meeting of children and women here and foreign children and women took place at the Taesongsan Pleasure Park on Tuesday to mark the 60th International Children’s Day.

It was attended by Yang Hyong Sop, vice-president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Kim Yong Jin, minister of Education, and others.

Present on invitation were women of diplomatic missions of different countries and missions of international organizations here and other foreign women and children and foreign guests and overseas compatriots.

Ro Song Sil, chairwoman of the Central Committee of the Democratic Women’s Union of Korea, made a congratulatory speech at the meeting.

Then it was followed by an art performance given by children.

Korean children presented numbers representing the happy life they are leading while bringing their talents into full bloom under the care of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

Foreign children sang Korean songs well to be acclaimed by audience.

The Korean and foreign children had diverse sports and amusement games such as jumping over flower-decorated rope, looking for things and snatching a ball.

After the amusement games the participants spent pleasant time, dancing together and using amusement facilities.

A friendly gathering was also held in Chongjin, North Hamgyong Province, on the same day.

It was attended by staff members of the Chinese and Russian consulate generals in Chongjin.

Korean Children Enjoy Benefits of State
 

 Pyongyang, June 1 (KCNA) — The Korean children are celebrating the 60th International Children’s Day, June 1, at the nurseries, kindergartens and pleasure parks.

In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea the children live a happy life under the state and public care.

The Government of the DPRK spares nothing for the rising generation in the principle of giving the best things to the children first.

Even in the days of the “Arduous March”, forced march when the country was going through harsh ordeals [in the ’90s after the collapse of Soviet Union, when the DPRK lost many benefits of friendly relations with the USSR – 左手],  the state rationed the children with food and provided them with bean milk and fruits.

Nutritious foodstuffs, including chicken and eggs produced by chicken farms across the country, have also been supplied to them first.

The state has offered medical service, including vaccination, to them on a regular basis, while giving priority to the production of teaching tools for their intellectual development.

Kim Sun Yong, 36, residing in Central District, Pyongyang, told KCNA that her children owe many things to the state, more than to their parents.

 

Articles from Korean Central News Agency of DPRK website (English)