North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has upped the ante in his war
on Christmas with a new rule that prohibits
any “gatherings that involve alcohol and singing.”
South Korea’s National Intelligence Service reported the
details of the latest ban, which is designed to control
the spread of information coming from outside of official
channels and contain potential dissent that may arise from
recent tightening of sanctions against
the secluded Asian country.
Experts estimate those prohibition will severely impact the
North Korean economy in the coming months, and by March the
nation’s people will find themselves in dire
While Christmas is not typically a major holiday in North
Korea, some of its citizens have been known to practice
Christianity and observe the holy day in the past.
Kim Jong Un officially banned that practice last year,
instead directing all citizens who would have celebrated the
holiday to instead commemorate the December 24,1919 — the
birthdate of the leader’s grandmother instead.
Kim has made attempts to stop Christmas from spilling
over the nation’s border in the past as well.
For years, South Korea erected a 30-foot tall tree of lights on
a hill near the infamous demilitarized zone that could be
seen from North Korea.
Several years ago, North Korea reportedly said that lighting the
tree would result in “unexpected consequences.”
This article was initially published on AOL.com: Kim Jong Un expands his
war on Christmas with new ban on singing and drinking