What Hari Raya is like for Neelofa and her eight siblings

  • People
  • Thursday, 30 Jun 2016

Neelofa. Photo: The Star/Shaari Chemat

Coming from a big family, Neelofa, 27, remembers the first day of Hari Raya as a day of chaos. She and her eight siblings would get into all sorts of shenanigans as they rushed to get ready for the day.

“The night before, we would all stay up till 3am just catching up with one another. Then we would pay the price for it the next day as we’d be rushing to get out of the house for prayers. There’s always some drama with fights and tears involved. But in the end, everyone is happy!” she remembers with a laugh.

Every year, Neelofa goes back to her hometown in Kelantan for the festive season. She looks forward to the food (nasi dagang, satay and laksa siam) and meeting extended members of her family. On her mum’s side alone, she says they could have a gathering of up to 60 people. “As a child, I remember that one of my favourite things about Hari Raya was collecting duit raya. But now that I’m older, I have to give money away!” she says with a laugh.

The actress also has a little getaway planned. On the fifth day, Neelofa will be jetting off to an island location for a well-deserved break.

“I’ve been working hard for the past six months and this is my first break in a long time. I’ll be on an island somewhere for two weeks. Where? I can’t tell because I want a little privacy ...” she says.

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