As the moon apexes at its fully waxed position, I am instantly reminded that Ramadan is right around the corner. The next new moon will be the official beginning of the month-long period of religious fasting.
Since Ramadan is based on a lunar schedule, every year Ramadan begins approximately 10 days earlier. Those who fast only eat between sun-down and sun-up, moments that are identified by the Muezzine's pervasive call to prayer.
Where Westerners calibrate themselves to the sun-cycles, Muslims continue to follow the course of the moon as it continues to chart its course. As the years go by and Ramadan begins progressively earlier in the year, encroaching upon the hottest, longest summer months, I wonder about health, nutrition, and hydration for those who fast.