New Year’s Eve is annual event that is celebrated by almost of the countries in the world, likewise Indonesia. This celebration is identical to firework show. Firework show displays colorful explosives that used for entertainment. Almost every entertainment place offers firework show to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Holding firework show to celebrate New Year’s Eve is not a good idea. Many people said that there are another ways to celebrate the New Year than to hold firework show. Holding firework show just like painting the town to be red, moreover it is not suitable with our humble culture.
Holding a big event such as firework show spends a lot of money as we know that firework is expensive. According to Kompasiana, Indonesia’s cost budget to hold this event reaches 64 billion rupiah. Is it proper to waste a lot of money by holding firework show while many people in Indonesia live under the poverty line? We know that poverty is one of Indonesia’s big problems beside backwardness and fatuity. It just likes burning a hole in pocket to hold this event in Indonesia.
Dangerons Decibels report that firework can cause health problems such as Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). NIHL is a hearing loss due to exposure to either a sudden, loud noise or exposure to loud noises for a period time ( Dangerons Decibels, 2013). Sounds at or above 85 decibels could cause hearing loss, whereas some fireworks display reach 130 decibels.
Dangerons Decibels reports that of the roughly 40 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, 10 million can be attributed to NIHL. NIHL can be caused by a one-time exposure to loud sound as well as by repeated exposure to sounds at various loudness levels over an extended period of time. Dr Chisti Sperry, an audiologist, said more people who come in after the 4th of July (American’s Independent Day) reporting hearing loss or a ringing in their ears. “People love fireworks, but the noise they make can cause serious damage to your ears. I think what most people don’t realize is that you can have acoustic trauma that one loud noise can cause hearing damage.”
Shocking news that is written in ABC News reports California’s incident. A fourth of July celebration ended badly after a firework show in Simi Valley went haywire and began to shooting fireworks out into the crowd and injuring over two dozen people last year.
Staying a good distance away from firecrackers is the safest way to go. Therefore, children should not be left unattended around firecrackers, of course, distance is the greatest friend. “The further you can get your child away from the fireworks for safety, not just for hearing, but physical safety too,” said Dr Chisti Sperry.
Besides, firework contains chemical substance cause cancer. Xinhua News reports that Wuhan city-China cancels the firework show. The experts said that firework contains sulfur, barium, dioxin, cadmium, cadmium, lithium, and lead. Sulfur is needed to make the blue explosion which is lead to cancer. Moreover, the ecologist said that firework causes our atmosphere fulfilled sulfur carcinogenic and arsenic compound that can contaminate the atmosphere.
On the other hand, many people believe that by holding firework show can attract many tourists, for instance like what happen in Dubai Tower and Opera House. It becomes one of the main tourist attractions in Dubai and Australia. Many tourists come from overseas to watch the festive season – the Christmas and New Year period (BBC Learning English, 2013). That means, it can gain the foreign exchange.
Recently, many firework manufactures create the safe firework named eco firework. The product is claimed as environmentally friendly. It is claimed not contained any dangerous chemical substance causing cancer. The manufactures offer more than 815 kind of eco framework, one other thing named color flame cake candle.
Nevertheless, eco firework produced Walt Disney is very expensive. It is more expensive than the chemical firework. People cannot afford to buy it. Furthermore, to hold chemical firework show costs more than 64 billion rupiah, so what about to hold eco firework show? It must burn much more money.
Government should bound and make New Year regulation. Reallocating the firework show budget to charity program is a better way. The cost budget to hold firework show can reallocate to help charitable institutions such as orphanage, scholarship foundation and nursing home. It can help the government to overcome the foolishness and backwardness. In addition, Japanese that is well known wealth country celebrate the New Year’s Eve by holding family gathering, having dinner together then going to the temple for praying. Another example is Aceh. Aceh government forbids their people holding any New Year Party. “It is no use holding the party. It is not necessary to celebrate it. It is not our culture. All of the New Year Party here must be cancelled,” said the Aceh Syariah Police.
*Fitria Sylviana Maharani
Student of English Eduction Departement
Sarjanawiyata Tamansiswa University