Today (actually last night) is the first of Ramadan, A.H. 1428. I just had the dawn (sehri) meal. It was largely cereal and junk food, washed down with reduced-sugar lemonade (on sale!) and a large quantity of water. I won't eat or drink for about 14 hours or something, and then at around 7:30 today, I will have the evening iftaar breakfast. This will go on for about 29 or 30 days until Eid ul-Fitr.
Some people already started counting Ramadan because of the usual inconsistent disagreements about when to start it. Saudi Arabia had an early moon-sighting, whereas I gather that the Islamic Society of North America is using astronomical calculations rather than the traditional way. Most North American Muslim organizations are following suit with ISNA, but not everyone goes along with this.
Anyway, l'shana tova to my Jewish readers, some of whom are celebrating Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year. Probably not coincidentally, this is apparently also Ethiopian New Year for Ethiopian Orthodox Christians. That I found out a couple of days ago during the DC outing with Chuckles that is the subject of my previous post.