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Food, sports and song: Scenes from a Pyongyang picnic

Ng Han Guan / AP

Groups of North Koreans enjoyed a picnic on a hilltop park overlooking Pyongyang on Wednesday, a national holiday celebrating the birthday period of the late leader Kim Il Sung.

A man lights a cigarette for a friend during a picnic in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 18, 2012.
A man lights a cigarette for a friend during a picnic in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 18, 2012.Ng Han Guan / AP

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See more striking pictures from North Korea in PhotoBlog and in the slideshow below.

Pyongyang refuses to let failed rocket launch dampen tone of festivities.
Pyongyang refuses to let failed rocket launch dampen tone of festivities.