Depending on where you are in the world and your visibility of the waxing crescent moon, the holy month of Ramadan begins today.
For Indonesia’s 180 million Muslims that means a visit to a cemetery to pay respect to the dead.
It’s their traditional start to the celebration.
In Iraq there is the normal dash to the markets to stock up on edible treats, for while the devout will fast by day, at night its a time for feasting on all things good such as dates and sugary confectionery.
But this year high prices and political insecurity have restricted many an Iraqi’s willingness to splash out.
In Gaza however locals are taking advantage of a partial lifting of the Israeli blockade. They’re buying what they can of the special items available this year’s fest.
While in Egypt, celebrations are taking on a more modern slant.
The festival may be to mark the revelation of the Koran to the Prophet Mohammed but it doesn’t mean Cairo can’t offer a Ramadan experience to both Arab and foreign tourists.