Thousands of North Koreans filled Pyongyang's Giant May Day Stadium on Thursday (5/1/2023) in a show of support for the ruling workers' party and leader Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un was not seen in the stadium and Premier Kim Tok Hun was the senior leader overlooking the crowds carrying banners and placards with slogans 'Praising The Country's Leadership and Policies'.
North Korea is planning to mark major anniversaries in 2023 and placards at the rally marked them. Including the 75 anniversary of the founding of the country in 1948 and the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Korean war in 1953, which ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty.
However, there is also the possibility of another big army anniversary in February 2023. The crowd at the rally was wearing face masks and North Korea was the first country in the world to shut its borders against covid-19 in January 2020 and it has not yet made public any plans to reopen.