North Korea marks 75th birthday of fmr leader Kim Jong-II (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

North Koreans are taking part in events to mark what would have been the 75th birthday of former leader Kim Jong-il. Thousands of people gathered in the capital Pyongyang to pay respects at his statue and attend an exhibition in his honor.

Mass dances, treats for children and a fireworks display were some of the events held to commemorate the former leader, who died in 2011. North Koreans pay customary respects to their leaders on all major holidays and anniversaries.

Mass Dance to mark today's national holiday at #pyongyang indoor stadium. #northkorea #livefromnorthkorea

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#NorthKorea university students dance in front of the #Pyongyang Indoor Stadium

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The crowds are out at the #kimjongilia exhibition in #pyongyang today. #northkorea #livefromnorthkorea #koryotours

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People reportedly gathered at Kim Jong-il’s statue in Pyongyang all day long to pay respects to the former leader, who was succeeded by his son Kim Jong-un.

The current leader’s half-brother and son of Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-nam, was killed in Malaysia earlier this. News of his death has not been broadcast in North Korea, who the US suspect was involved in his death.

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A fireworks display in the capital was also attended by thousands of North Koreans, eager to be seen paying respect to Kim Jong-il.

#NorthKorea soldiers watch fireworks in #Pyongyang

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In the crowd watching tonight's fireworks in Pyongyang.

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The former leader is revered in the secretive state where his biography reportedly details questionable incidents in his life, including that he shot five holes-in-one when playing golf for the first time, wrote 1,500 books while at college and was able to alter the weather with his mind.