No, they’re not. In the same way that Watusi is not a new chinese health drink, judas belt is also not the newest fab accessory. They are paputok(firecrackers) which are part of the usual Filipino celebration of the New Year.
Here’s how the typical Filipino New Year is celebrated:
December 31- vesperas, the day before, is celebrated in a frenzy of buying stuff like firecrackers and food for the new year celebration
11:00 pm of December 31- some fireworks already go off
11:59 pm- countdown begins in TV stations
12:00 am- New year is here, time for Media Noche(feast for new year), time to jump high up in the air(for the children so they they can grow taller), fireworks anywhere you see and smoke is in the air, torotot(colorful trumpets) are blown, pots and pans are banged togetherto drive away evil spirits)
From midnight to dawn- time for merrymaking as well as drunken karaoke by the neighbors. Time to make new years resolutions and sweeping declarations(which will be promptly taken back a few days later)
Isn’t that a fun memory?
Unfortunately for me, I did not witness most of these. The closest I came to fireworks was watching a live telecast of the fireworks of Burj Khalifa. Reminiscing all these things makes me miss home all the more. Iba talaga ang Pinas.
Happy New Year! Manigong Bagong Taon! Malipayong Bag-ong Tuig! to all the Filipinos(and non-Filipinos) reading this!
Have a great 2012! 🙂