Pyongyang, January 1 (KCNA) — The people in the DPRK greeted the New Year Juche 103 (2014) with the display of fireworks here.
Servicepersons and civilians, including schoolchildren, have visited the statues of the great Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Mansu Hill to pay floral tribute to them on the New Year’s Day. Such visitors were also seen at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun and Kim Il Sung Square, April 25 House of Culture and other parts of the city where portraits of the smiling Generalissimos are displayed.
Streets of the city are conspicuously decorated, with national flags and red banners displayed and boards bearing such letters as “A Happy New Year” put up, to add to the festive mood.
Sports and amusement games and other New Year celebrations have been held at industrial establishments, farms and schools. Meanwhile, many citizens have enjoyed the holiday at the Mirim Riding Club, Rungna Dolphinarium, Munsu Water Park, People’s Open-air Ice Rink and other recreation centers.
Art performances are given and newly-released feature films screened at theaters and cinemas while Okryu Restaurant and other public catering establishments serve special dishes for citizens greeting the New Year. And installed here and there are stalls serving roast chestnuts and sweet potatoes to passers-by.
It is a custom of Koreans to pay greetings to their seniors and teachers on the New Year’s Day. Children make bows to their parents and disciples present bouquets to their teachers.