And this weekend’s 70th anniversary of the founding Worker’s Party will be no exception.
In fact preparations have been ongoing since February.
And not the usual type of preparations. These have been totalitarian-style preparations.
Just about every single person in the communist state, including children, has had to drop everything to build, paint, or practise for the upcoming affair.
There will be the usual pomp and show of military strength, with an estimated 30,000 troops expected to march through Kim Il-sung Square as well as mass demonstrations from loyal citizens dressed in their finest traditional outfits.
There was also supposed to be launch of a satellite rocket — much to the disapproval of the west which believes it’s a front to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile — however researchers at the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies say it is now unlikely, The Telegraph reported.
They say recent satellite images of North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station show no sign of the required activity for a launch to take place on October 10.
Besides gathering all its military might, officials have also been collecting food and home fuel to ensure the extravaganza is on a similar scale to the 100th birthday of the late Kim Il-sung in 2012.
However this has reportedly led to shortages in the capital of Pyongyang and a big surge in prices and resentment among locals.
The cost of the big event has blown out so much that North Korea is actually charging its foreign guests around 70 euro a day to attend to cover accommodation, transportation, meals, and other activities, but not flights, the South Korean newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo, reported.
“Kim Jong-un wants an extravaganza on a similar scale as in 2012, but the money has been spent and North Korean trade officials and diplomats overseas have done a poor job in bringing back hard currency this year,” a South Korean government official told the newspaper. “In that situation they seem to have decided the only option is to try and extort money from invited guests.”
Bronwen Dalton, an expert in North Korea from the University of Technology in Sydney, who visited the country last month, told news.com.au she was surprised by the efforts the government had gone to for the 70th anniversary celebration.
“I was quite taken aback by the amount of resources being provided for the preparation of the 70th anniversary,” she said. “Kids were out of school, workers out of factories across the countryside, building squares, painting buildings around the various city squares. Regional areas were getting new monuments which have been hastily built.