North Korea has celebrated its first Mother's Day in the capital city of Pyongyang.
Reuters reports people flocked to flower and souvenir stores to buy bouquet and greeting cards for their mothers.
Video filmed by state media KCNA also showed people leaving offerings of flowers at the statues of the North Korean founder Kim Il-sung and his son the late leader Kim Jong-il to mark the day.
The country announced in September that Mother's Day would be commemorated on November 16th.
'Marking Mother's day, I have a lot of thinking. My mother gave birth to me, fed me, and has brought me up. She has taken care of me a lot so that I become a decent university student now. I cannot imagine the bright future and development of family and society without the role of mothers. So I'm on the way home with a flower for my mother,' college student Ri Hyong-il told Reuters.