Filipino Celebration of New Years Day:: Illegal Firecrackers:: Firecrackers Injuries

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It is now typical to see fireworks display during the New Year's Day sponsored by the local government all over the country
It is now typical to see fireworks display during the New Year's Day sponsored by the local government all over the country | Source
Although round fruits are preferred fruits like bananas, apples and the like are included just to complete the needed number of different kinds of fruits
Although round fruits are preferred fruits like bananas, apples and the like are included just to complete the needed number of different kinds of fruits | Source
Salad of all kinds is big hit for Filipinos during the New Year's Day celebration
Salad of all kinds is big hit for Filipinos during the New Year's Day celebration | Source

How the vast majority of Filipinos celebrate the New Year's Day


Filipinos are indeed one of the most happiest entities on the planet as they greet the New Year’s eve with fervent hope, a lot of merriment and of course, dazzling fireworks and/or loud firecrackers.

Filipinos also loved to eat a lot and the usual foods served on the tables of Filipinos may include salad (macaroni or fruit), spaghetti, sandwiches, graham cakes, cakes and sweets which is believed by many that it will make the relationship between family members stronger.

Typical traditions or superstitions among Filipinos during the New Year’s Day is having different kinds of round fruits (12 or 7 is ideal) which is believed to give luck in the next coming year. Some would even roll round fruits as they enter the door’s homes. Many would also wear clothes with polka dots. But I refer wearing wardrobes with rectangular shapes to have more money this coming year not just mere coins, hehehe, just kidding aside.

During the 31st day of each year of December you will see a lot of people starting to fire their firecrackers and you will even see the back of tricycles attached with strings with cans making funny noise. You will also see a lot of homes have their stereos and components turned on very loud. It is not advisable to walk in the streets at the nighttime since you might step on firecrackers. The vast majority of Catholics meanwhile would to attend to mass at church.

At exactly 12 o’clock a.m. the people here are seen jumping and making great noise with firecrackers, banging pans, shaking a can filled with coins and doing all sort of things just to make great sound to the best of their abilities. People jump because many Filipinos believed this will add some inches to their height (hehehe) and they create noise to shoo away bad luck and bad spirits.

Filipino Fireworks Images, Photos or Pictures

An assortment of firecrackers the ones that creates great noise are actually prohibited. Since the demand for these is enormous in the country the black market for this items is thriving.
An assortment of firecrackers the ones that creates great noise are actually prohibited. Since the demand for these is enormous in the country the black market for this items is thriving. | Source
Goodbye Earth firecracker
Goodbye Earth firecracker | Source

The crackdown of firecrackers in the Philippines


The police forces in the Philippines perennially launches massive crackdown on producers and dealers of firecrackers that includes the “Ampatuan,” a new brand of illegal firecrackers which is considered to be more explosive than “Bin Laden.” The “Bin Laden” is potent and deadly baby dynamite.

The firecrackers which was named after the infamous clan which was tagged as the perpetrators of of the horrible November 23, 2009 Maguindanao Massacre that claimed the lives of 57 people including 32 journalists, is far more explosive than the Pla-pla and Goodbye Philippines, both are huge triangular-shaped firecrackers which is known to cause severe injuries to not careful people including children.

Other banned firecrackers in the country are watusi, piccolo, mother rocket, bawang, kwiton, Goodbye Philippines, Goodbye World, Goodbye Universe and Goodbye Earth.

The police forces here is also under orders to capture “Boga,” (which looks like a bazooka that employs gas and fire to create a very loud noise) and arrest people who will fire their guns in the air during the New Year Festivities.

Bocaue, Bulacan is famous here when it comes to local firecrackers.

More firecracker-related injuries in 2012 New Year's Eve celebration

The Department of Health (DOH) in the country, gambled on not using “Scare campaigns,” that is, refraining from advertising or posting grim conditions suffered and experience by firecracker victims to discourage people from using firecrackers. DOH didn’t resort to use horrible pictures but the ploy is expected to backfire as firecrackers-related injuries are forecasted to surpass the record set last year.

How to have a safe New Year's Day in the Philippines

  • Use other means of making noise like using musical percussion instruments.
  • Avoid going out of your home you might get hit by a stray bullets
  • Watch a fireworks display and New Year shindig with your loved ones if ever your local government sponsored one

If you cannot resist the lure of firecrackers you may use some precautionary measures to keep your limbs intact:

  • Like lighting a piece of mosquito coil then tie this into a long stick to lit firecrackers.
  • Do not pick firecrackers that didn’t explode. Kids are the most victims of this. Keep an eye on your children and tell them not to buy or pick firecrackers.
  • Do not use firecrackers when you drink alcoholic drinks.

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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Got into your hub as I was searching for some hubs related to Philippine New year's tradition :) Seeing those firecracker photos makes me feel more that its really the "ber" months again.


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emilgen2011 4 years ago from The Land Where Salt is Abundant Author

Certainly... Thanks a lot for dropping by precy...

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