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 routine call to prayer.
Where I grew up calibrating myself to sun-cycles, Muslims follow a lunar calendar. 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 during the endless summer desert days.