The use of firecrackers has been a traditional part of the New Year celebration. Their popularity stems from the belief that loud noise and bright lights can drive away evil spirits and misfortunes.
With the dangers that firecrackers pose to users and the pollution they bring, the Department of Health and local government units are vigilant in urging the public to avoid these explosives and turn instead to alternative light and noisemakers.
The vuvuzela is a 2-foot plastic horn popularized by football fans during the World Cup in South Africa.
It emits a loud monotone sound that’s sure to catch some attention in your neighborhood. Vuvuzelas make so much noise that some football teams are calling to ban them from stadiums.
Pots, pans, and improvised noisemakers
Looking for a zero budget alternative?
Nothing beats the clanging and banging of pots and pans which are easily available in every kitchen. One can also shake a half-full ‘alkansiya’, or make a tambourine from bottle caps.
With these firecracker alternatives,we can welcome the New Year with a joyous celebration without putting ourselves and our loved ones in harm’s way.
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