When I lived in Saudi Arabia shortly after the first Gulf war, I remember being paranoid in not even daring to chew gum whilst shopping because I had heard that the religious police was out looking for any infraction. Of course, that could have been rumours because, with no official announcements, rumours abound. I always liked the evenings though, when walking 'downtown' (Alkhobar in my case) the mood was festive, and people naturally went out to eat. Another fond memory was being invited by our Muslim friends to break the fast. Somehow, when I think of it now, rituals are a nice bonding factor. So I'll feel out my new Yemeni neighbour and see if he would like us to join him breaking the fast.
Do people with Rosh Hashana also make new years' resolutions? Just wondering?