Kim Jong-Il doesn’t let death get in the way of a 70th birthday celebration to remember. The country is rolling out presents of propaganda for the people ahead of the Dear Leader’s birthday Feb. 16, dubbed the “Day of the Shining Star.” Some of the offerings:
Statues and slogans
An 18-foot statue of Kim Jong-Il galloping next to his father was revealed this week. Another towering bronze statue is currently in the works, and slogans of Kim’s will be carved into the sides of mountains.
Postage stamps bearing his face
Commemorative coins and gold medals
Music in his honor.
Kim Jong-Il book fairs
In preparation for Thursday, many workers are currently busy pounding away at frozen flower beds so they can plant row after row of the Dear Leader’s namesake, “kimjongilia” begonias.
Not pictured: Supernatural events
State media reported that supernatural events, many of which occurred after Kim’s death, reappeared ahead of his birthday. Mountains glowed crimson, double rainbows filled the sky, bears wept, and magpies shrieked. Unfortunately, they were not captured on camera.