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.
Few places in the world inspire such personal reflection as the temples of Asia. Buddhist, Hindu and countless other Eastern religions felt a mysticism and deep connection to these sacred areas, some of which are still in use as holy sites today. Take a moment to read up on the 10 most spiritual landmarks of Asia and, maybe, find your next destination to reflect: