While most countries use the solar calendar, some follow the lunar calendar, which is based around the cycles of the moon, or the lunisolar calendar, which reflects both the moon phase and solar year. With the lunar New Year coming up on January 25th comes the Year of the Rat - the very first animal in the 12-animal zodiac, just in time for the new decade! Check out some of the countries that will recognize the New Year this weekend and how they will celebrate.
You know New York City's famous Times Square ball drop on New Year's Eve, but did you know that in Germany, molten lead is dropped into cold water to predict what will happen in the coming year? The new year has been celebrated since the times of ancient Babylon, and while most cultures recognize January 1st as the official New Year, celebrations vary widely. Read on to see how the new year is celebrated around the globe as you think about your own resolutions - and get some travel inspiration!