Actresss Farah Nabilah yearns for the lively kampung atmosphere during Hari Raya at her parents’ hometown in Bachok, Kelantan.
The 27-year-old actress shares she spent her first Hari Raya in Kuala Lumpur last year and the experience just wasn’t the same. “Our family thought it was a good idea to celebrate in KL for a change. But only we stayed back, all my other relatives left for Kelantan.
“We regretted it,” she recalls.
“I didn’t feel the Raya atmosphere at all. I wore my new Raya clothes in the morning and by the afternoon, I changed back to my normal clothes. The restaurants here were all closed. There was no nasi dagang, no ketupat.”
Needless to say, Farah and her family will be back home this year.
In Kelantan, one of the highlights of the festive season is spending time with her relatives in the kitchen, cooking up a storm. We usually go back three days before Hari Raya and start baking cookies,” shares Farah, who is an avid cook herself.
One of her family’s specialties is a traditional Kelantan-style curry chicken, kuzi ayam. “Besides nasi dagang, ketupat palas and rendang, kuzi is a must-have on Hari Raya. We eat it with bread, which we bake ourselves.”
The actress, who shot to fame in the 2017 drama Titian Cinta, remembers her most memorable Hari Raya moment. “One of my favourite memories is my grandmother bringing me to get my ears pierced and shopping for jewelleries and accessories before Hari Raya. She’s gone now and I miss her.”