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Celebrations to Mark Birthday of Kim Jong Il

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, February 10 (KCNA) -- Colorful events will take place in the DPRK to celebrate February 16, the birthday of General Secretary Kim Jong Il.

The 15th Kimjongilia Festival is to be held at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition.

This festival of flowers in praise of the great man will bring together armed forces organs, ministries, national institutions, industrial establishments, working people of different strata, school youth and children, organizations of overseas Koreans and foreigners.

There will be the 20th International Figure Skating Festival for Paektusan Prize and the demonstration performance of Synchronized Swimming with excellent sportspersons at home and abroad involved, which will add to the festive mood.

Final preparations for the festival and demonstration performance are being made at the Ice Rink and the swimming pool of the Changgwang Health Complex by the competent sports experts and art creators.

The events will also include photo and fine art exhibitions in Pyongyang.

The Sports Contest for Paektusan Prize has already started.

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