The national Language of Maldives is Dhivehi; Dhivehi has huge influences of Sanskrit and according to some researchers Elu, an ancient form of Sinhala, is strongly influenced by the main languages of the region. Given the wide dispersion of islands it is not surprising that the vocabulary and pronunciation vary from atoll to atoll, with the difference being more significant in the dialects spoken in the southernmost atolls. Our Language also has its own script called Thaana; Thaana is written from right to left and has 24 letters in its alphabet.


The island communities practice mutual aid to survive difficult situations. A huge chain of families provide a network of protection for family members and help out each other’s any time they need. Along with the parents other members of the family also contribute in taking care of children. Traditionally men go out fishing during the day and women are in charge to look after the affairs of the family and frequently the community. Nowadays even smaller island communities practice the same.


Since its conversion to Islam in 1153, the major events and festivals of Maldivian life pursue the Muslim Calendar. From childhood religious education is provided both at home as well as schools. Islam is part of the school curriculum and is taught concurrently with additional subjects.


The beautifully carved tombstones in some of the old cemeteries and the fine stone carving of the Hukuru Miskiiy in Male' bear witness to the intricate skills of Maldivian stone carvers of the past.Wooden Lacquer Ware Perhaps the most distinctive of the Maldivian handicrafts, these are almost exclusively produced in Thulhaadhoo in Baa Atoll. Liye Laajehun as it is called in Dhivehi involves the process of shaping and hollowing out pieces of wood to form beautifully crafted boxes, containers and ornamental objects. Made from the local funa,


Beautiful red mats are woven throughout the country, the most famous of which are those that are woven by the women of Gadhdhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. Thundu Kunaa as they are known in Dhivehi ranges in size from that of a place mat to a full size single mattress.


Although the tools used in the building of dhonis have changed, little has changed of its basic design. As in the past, the boats are still being built without a documented plan.
Dhonis are mainly used for fishing and provide the livelihood for a large proportion of the population. Others are modified to be used for transportation of passengers. Even the luxury cruise vessels that are built in the country uses the same basic hull design and can be as long as 30 meters (100 feet) or more.