The Christmas of North Korea’s MZ Generation… “What does Special Security Week have to do with us?”

Ryomyong Street
Ryomyong Street, North Korea. /Photo = Captured from Seogwang’s website

The world is engulfed in a quiet festival atmosphere tailored to the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on the occasion of ‘Christmas’, but North Korea is socially extending the ‘Special Security Week’ from the 10th anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s death (December 17) to the end of this year. was said to have been instructed. North Korea previously declared a mourning period for the 10th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il from the 1st to the 17th of this month.

A Daily NK North Hamgyeong-do source said on the 24th, “There has been a systematic policy to extend the special security week, which was recently declared in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the death of General Kim Jong-il, until the end of the year. “I was subjected to crackdowns,” he said.

The source added, “In North Hamgyeong Province, to strengthen crackdowns during Special Guard Week, the Security Bureau and the Security Bureau’s Mobile Strike Team, armed with guns, are all mobilized.”

In addition, he said, “In addition, organizations called enforcement organizations such as the Ministry of Security, the Security Agency, the Joint Command Department, the Radio Detection Bureau, and the Inminban Patrol are all roaming around. They are controlling everything,” he explained.

According to the source, North Korea has also issued rules that must be followed by the end of this year when the 4th plenary session of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea is held to the party, government and military.

Specifically, the residents were given tasks such as ▲ prohibition of year-end gatherings other than family units ▲ prohibition of drinking and moonshine ▲ organizing a lecture commemorating greatness learning on the 24th and 25th ▲ organizing a song of loyalty and virtue presentation on the 30th ▲ preventing death, accidents and accidents do.

At a time when carols are resounding around the world, North Korea is concentrating on promoting the greatness of the Kim family.

In North Korea, Special Security Week is set before and after national holidays or major meetings such as the birthdays of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. It is usually about a week before and after the day, but it is said that this time it is set to be about a full week because of the extension of the atmosphere of mourning for the 10th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-il and the holding of the year-end plenary meeting.

Sources point out that there is also an intention to eradicate the Christmas culture that is spreading among young people called the Jangmadang generation.

Kim Jong-un, Ri Sol-ju
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, along with his wife Ri Sol-ju, is smiling as he climbs Mt. Baekdu and dips his hands in a creek.

In North Korea, where individual religious practices are originally prohibited, it is virtually impossible for residents to celebrate ‘Christmas’.

North Korea nominally guarantees ‘freedom of religion’ through its constitution, and Christmas services and masses were held in churches and cathedrals. However, pastors are members of the Workers’ Party of Korea, and ordinary citizens’ religious activities are subject to severe punishment.

It is said that there are residents who are aware of the existence of ‘Christmas’ even though religion is very limited. In particular, the Jangmadang generation has come to recognize that ‘Christmas is a global ‘festival’ as they have been exposed to foreign films and books imported from the border region between North Korea and China for a long time.

In addition, the Christmas culture began to settle little by little by spending it with lovers on this day or giving gifts through the workers (workers) and workers who returned to Korea after being dispatched overseas.

Regarding this, the source said, “It is a misunderstanding to think that only young people know about Christmas well.” “Even in the parents’ generation, the perception that it is a ‘steel holiday in a happy atmosphere’ is spreading, especially among those who have seen a lot of foreign movies.”

From the perspective of the North Korean authorities, the principle that “religion is a kind of superstition and opium” was breaking down.

A source said, “The police officers are questioning the Santa dolls they received from Daebang (traders) in China and South Korea (Korea).”

He continued, “We are thoroughly searching to see if they are coming into the living quarters and looking at the South Korean (South Korean) rock cargo.” He continued, “I just rummaged through my luggage on the street and frequently inspected my cell phone (cell phone), and arrested even if there was only a picture of a lit tree (Christmas tree). We are creating an atmosphere of fear,” he explained.

Regarding the reaction of the residents, a source said, “There are voices among young people saying, ‘Let’s enjoy the holidays’ despite the tightening of crackdowns.” In other words, there seems to be a tendency to act freely according to the perception that ‘special guards are the country and special days are us’.”

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