The first day of the month of Shawwal, Eid al Fitr is a day that most in Maldives will spend with family and friends. But it is also a time to give food donations of rice or other foods to the poor. Many also give the equivalent in local currency instead. This donation is very important religiously and is called the “fitr zakaath” in the local language.
On Eid al Fitr morning, Muslims in Maldives engage in morning prayers and then attend mosque, where they hear a sermon and pray corporately. After mosque, people visit the houses of friends and relatives, give out gifts to children and others, and call relatives who live far away on the telephone to wish them “Happy Eid!” The visitations last for three days straight.
Wearing new clothes, enjoying special meals at home together as a family, and playing traditional festive games are also a part of the celebrations.