The Imam of the Harkatul Falahil Islam Juma’at Mosque Kaduna, Mohammed Mai-Iyali, has described eight Sunnah of the prophet every Muslim should do on the day of ‘Eid.
1 – One of the most important thing to do before going to Eid is to make sure he offer the Zakat al-Fitr which is due that day. The Prophet (SAW) instructed that it should be paid before the ‘Eid prayer. It is permissible to pay it one or two days before that, because of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar (RA) which was narrated by al-Bukhaari: “They used to give it one or two days before (‘Eid) al-Fitr.”
If it is paid after the ‘Eid prayer, it does not count as Sadaqat al-Fitr, because of the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas: “Whoever pays it before the prayer, it is Zakaat al-Fitr, and whoever pays it after the prayer, it is ordinary charity.”
2 – Taking the Ghusul – It is Sunnah of the prophet that one takes the Ritual bath before setting out for the ‘Eid.
3 – You should eat an odd number of dates before leaving for the ‘Eid prayer. It Is narrated that the Prophet (SAW) did not set out on the day of ‘Eid until he had eaten an odd number of dates. If you do not have dates it is permissible to eat what you have no matter how small before going to the ‘Eid.
4 – You should wear your best clothes, preferably new ones – Women should not wear something that will exposed their bodies when they go out to the ‘Eid prayer, for the prophet (SAW) has said “Let them go out looking decent” in regular clothes that are not elegant. It is haram for them to go out wearing perfume and makeup. But for men they should wear their best and children.
5 – Many scholars agree that Voluntary (Nafilat) are not offered on the ‘Eid ground. It is better that one just sit and keep reciting Takbir before the arrival of Imam. Allah Knows best)
6 – Praise Allah – Supplicate on your way to ‘Eid (Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Laillaha illalahu Allahu, Akbar, Walillahil Hamd) and it should continue the whole day.
7 – It is the teaching of the prophet that he who is going to ‘Eid go by one route and return by another as the prophet (SAW) teaches.
8 – Visitation to friends, families, neighbours.