I will be among about 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide who will begin fasting from sunrise to sunset Wednesday.
We will observe Ramadan by praying during the night and fasting during the day for the next month.
Ramadan, Muslims' holy month, is an exciting time for me. You'd think that with no food or water all day, I'd be upset and grumpy.
But the opposite is true.
Fasting during Ramadan is the fourth of the five pillars of Islam.
Ramadan isn't just about abstaining from food and water, it's about exercising discipline, self-restraint and generosity, said Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Greater Los Angeles Area Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations.
"It's our month of the year where we focus on renewing our spirituality and our faith through acts of worship as well as acts of good deeds and good work toward fellow human beings and the larger society," Ayloush said.