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Parents You must have often seen children playing with firecrackers or bamboo cannons during the month of Ramadan. The sound is booming and often shocks those who hear it.

Well, you know Parents if this traditional game has a long history before being used as a children’s toy? The bamboo cannon was inspired by the weapons used by the invaders.

For more information, please read our article below.

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The Origins of the Bamboo Cannon, Traditional Toys Inspired by Colonial Weapons

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The bamboo cannon or better known as the firecracker is a traditional toy that has become part of the tradition of Eid al-Fitr. This toy, as the name suggests, is made of bamboo and is usually played by boys in the month of Ramadan.

This game is found in several regions in Indonesia and has various names. For example, in Yogyakarta, Central Java, and East Java, this toy is better known as the firecracker or long roof. Meanwhile, in Banten and its surroundings, the name for this toy is bebeledugan.

In Bangka Belitung, bamboo cannons are also known as bamboo guns. This is different from Aceh, where bamboo firecrackers are known as te’t beude trieng. If you are from Gorontalo or live in eastern Indonesia, Bunggo is a more familiar name for this toy.

This toy was inspired by the weapons used by the Portuguese when they colonized the archipelago in the 16th century. At that time, the Portuguese troops had weapons of war in the form of cannons capable of firing bullets up to a considerable distance.

Armed with this information, local residents then created a cannon-like device made of bamboo. The way it works is almost the same as a real cannon.

To light it, the hole at the base of the bamboo must be lit with fire. Sometimes, the sound of the explosion was so loud that the bamboo split in two.

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Materials Needed and How to Make a Bamboo Cannon

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To make this toy, you need a bamboo stick that is strong enough so that it doesn’t split easily when ignited by fire. Pay attention to the age of the bamboo stems, diameter, and length.

The better the quality of the bamboo used, the louder the sound produced. Look for bamboo that is old enough with a diameter large enough to get the best results.

In addition to bamboo, you will also need other equipment, namely machetes to cut and clean bamboo, rubber tires to tie the bamboo so it doesn’t break easily, crowbars to make holes in bamboo sticks, cloth and small wood to start a fire later, and kerosene or carbide. to which water and salt have been added as fuel.

If the necessary materials are ready, then it is time to assemble. Make sure there is a large enough open area that can be used to assemble bamboo cannons.

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How to Assemble a Bamboo Firecracker

Bamboo Cannon, Traditional Toys Inspired by Portuguese Soldiers

Quoted from the page Wikipedia, here’s how to assemble a bamboo cannon:

  1. First, provide bamboo sticks and cut them with a length of 1.5 to 2 meters or 3-4 segments. The diameter of the bamboo is about 4 inches.
  2. Next, make a hole in the surface of the bamboo stem at a distance of about 10 cm from the base of the bamboo stem. The diameter of the hole is about the size of your thumb. Later, this hole will be used to ignite the bamboo cannon.
  3. Next, firmly tie the bamboo segment connection using rope or rubber tires. Its function is to strengthen the bamboo from the pressure generated when it is later ignited by fire.
  4. Finally, drill a hole in the joint between the base and the tip of the cannon using a crowbar. You need to make sure the bamboo is pierced perfectly and is almost flush with the diameter of the bamboo. The goal is that the resulting pressure is not clogged, causing the bamboo to break easily when ignited.

Nah, Parents, that’s all about bamboo cannon that you need to know. Answered already, yes, why this toy is very similar to the real cannon. Now, this traditional toy has become part of a tradition that we must continue to guard so that it does not become extinct over time. You can play bamboo cannon, but keep safety first, okay!

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