Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Kim Jong-Il’s 70th birthday celebrated with a splash in the North Korean media

In North Korea, the death of Kim Jong-Il doesn’t make his 70th birthday any less special. The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea's official newspaper, made the importance of today’s date exceedingly clear.
(Chico Harlan )

“Let's add lustre to Kim Jong-Il's undying revolutionary exploits,” the headline read.

North Korea's state-run news agency, KCNA, marked the occasion a different way — by running scrolling images on its front page of the Dear Leader looking at things, as he often did, along with commemorative pins, coins and badges bearing the visage of his face.

The site also posted videos of celebratory synchronized swimmers, children’s marching bands, and figure skaters. See more of the celebrations below:

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