SEOUL (AFP) - is bustling with preparations for all-powerful leader 's birthday Saturday, rallying workers to build a communist "powerhouse" and producing new ladies shoes for the occasion.
"We must open a new era as a powerhouse in 2012," Rodong Sinmun, the communist party's official daily, said in an editorial on Monday.
"We must not remain as idle bystanders or act like deadbeats who only wish for help from others or egoists who have no considerations for others," it said.
Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said a festival of Kimjongilia, a hybrid cultivar of begonia, opened in the capital on Wednesday, with tens of thousands of potted Kimjongilias on display.
North Korea has been holding a raft of festivals focused on Kimjongilia to mark the 20th anniversary of the naming of the flower, an icon representing the personality cult around Kim Jong-Il.