North Korea is "celebrating" the 10-year anniversary of former dictator leader Kim Jong-Il this month by banning people in the country from having any fun or pretending like they are having any fun.
December 17th marks the decade mark since his passing and his son and current leader Kim Jong Un has decreed that the nation will observe a period of mourning for ten days.
Here are some of the things that have been outlawed during the ten-day mourning period:
- Consuming alcohol
- Holding funerals
- Celebrating birthdays
- Any leisure activity
- Grocery shopping (Only on December 17th, how nice of them)
Apparently, this sort of thing happens every year on the anniversary of Kim Jong Il's passing. One citizen living in North Korea near the border of South Korea reportedly passed along this additional information, "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."