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

(David Guttenfelder)

Commemorative coins and gold medals


Music in his honor.

A member of an art troupe performs on Kim Jong-il’s birthday in Pyongyang on Monday. (KCNA)

Kim Jong-Il book fairs

North Koreans visit a book fair set up in honor of Kim Jong-Il inside the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang on Tuesday. (David Guttenfelder/AP)

Flower arrangements

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.

North Korea's President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, Kim Yong Nam, fourth from left, tours an exhibition of "Kimjongilia" flowers in Pyongyang on Tuesday. (Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)

(Kim Kwang Hyon/AP)

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.