To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of former leader Kim Jong Il, North Koreans have been prohibited from laughing, drinking, or showing signs of happiness for 11 days.
While North Korea commemorates the 10th anniversary of his death, government officials have ordered the public not to show any signs of joy.
North Korea was ruled by Kim Jong Il from 1994 until his death in 2011.
He died of a heart attack on December 17, 2011, at the age of 69, after ruling the country in a brutal and repressive dictatorship for 17 years.
He was succeeded by his third and youngest son, current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
North Koreans are now being forced to observe the 11-day mourning period ten years after his death.
“We must not drink alcohol, laugh, or engage in leisure activities during the mourning period,” a North Korean from the northeastern border city of Sinuiju told Radio Free Asia (RFA).
According to the source, North Koreans are not permitted to go grocery shopping on December 17, the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s death.
“In the past, many people who were caught drinking or intoxicated during the mourning period were arrested and treated as ideological criminals,” they continued. They were kidnapped and never seen again.
“Even if a family member dies during the mourning period, you are not allowed to cry aloud, and the body must be removed once the mourning period is over. People are not even allowed to celebrate their own birthdays during the mourning period.”
The annual mourning period for Kim Jong Il is usually ten days long, but this year it will be eleven days to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his death.