Rising star Sarah Suhairi will be doing something she has never done before this Hari Raya – giving out duit Raya.
“I don’t think I will be getting duit Raya anymore this year since I’m working now. My nieces and nephews will be asking me for duit Raya instead,” the Rawang, Selangor native shares with StarLifestyle. “It makes me feel like an adult.”
At just 19, Sarah rose to prominence last September after winning Big Stage, a singing competition for up-and-coming artistes. “I was supposed to further my studies but then Big Stage came along and I thought I won’t get another chance like this,” she recalls the life-altering decision.
The teen has been going from strength to strength since then, achieving considerable success with her single Nyawa & Raga and being the subject of a reality series, The House, which follows her friendship with fellow Big Stage contestants Sissy Imann and Wani Kayrie.
She talks about her newest offering, inspirational anthem Rise And Fall: “It captures my journey on the singing competition. There was a week when I felt down and then another week when I did well. So the song means a lot to me.”
Needless to say, the singer has been having a busy year. “I get a chance to rest but not that long. Once, I was in Port Dickson for three days, then I went home and immediately packed for Genting, where I spent a night, and then I went home to pack again for Melaka.
“Sometimes, it feels like I go home just to pack things and then I have to leave,” Sarah lets us in on her packed schedule.
“But I love being busy,” she adds, grateful.
Sarah is looking forward to the upcoming Hari Raya break. She will be spending the first two days of Raya in Kuala Lumpur with her mum’s side of the family before heading to Temerloh, Pahang, where her dad is from.
“My dad has eight siblings and one of them owns a homestay in Temerloh. So during Hari Raya, we will have the entire place to ourselves. It comes with a pool and we’ll all gather around it. It’s very festive.”
Sarah shares another unique tradition her family practises. “In KL, my grandparents’ neighbours are Indonesian. So on the first day of Raya, they’ll give us bakso; it’s one of my favourite dishes from Indonesia. And then we’ll pass them our own dishes like rendang with lemang and lontong.”