Advertising Console

    North Korea commemorates birthday of former leader

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Hundreds showed up, some bearing the red Kimjoinglia begonias, named after their former leader.

    In the months since Kim Jong-il died, portraits and sculptures praising him as a wise and brave leader have sprung up across the country.

    This week there has been no shortage of tributes, and Kim Jong-il's birthday has been officially designated as Day of the Shining Star.

    He was also post-humously elevated to the honourary post of Generalissimo, only the second person in the conutry to be given that title.

    Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports.