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What would you see if you video called the world this January?

Many people around the world see January as a good time to save a few dollars after the excesses of the holidays. But that doesn’t mean January is boring – in fact, in January 2012, there will be loads of fun events and activities happening around the world.

If you’ve got friends who live overseas, you could witness a range of global festivities using free Skype video calls. Just read on to find out what’s happening across the world in January 2012.

Video call Hong Kong… to see Chinese New Year Festivities

In 2012, the Chinese New Year begins on January 23rd with celebratory events spanning over several days. Although festivities are held all over the world, one of the most exciting celebrations happens in Hong Kong. Major highlights include the New Year fireworks display at Victoria Harbor, the Chinese New Year night parade and the New Year flower market. Together, all these celebrations make for colorful visuals.If you’ve got friends in Hong Kong, they’ll be able to show it all to you in a video call if they have, so you don’t have to miss out on all the fun!

Video call Scotland… for some haggis and a wee dram

Just weeks after its famous Hogmanay celebrations at New Year, Scots celebrate Burns Night on January 25th 2012. Burns Night toasts the life and works of national poet Robert Burns and is traditionally marked by a Burns supper. This features haggis (a meaty dish made from offal, oatmeal, suet and spices), neeps (turnips), tatties (potatoes) and – naturally – a few drams of whisky. If you’re a Scot living abroad missing Burns Night or you have Scotish ancestors, ask friends and family to video call you during their Burns supper so you can enjoy the tradition together.

Video call Sydney, Australia… for a virtual Australia Day party

Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, but the landmark really shines on Australia Day The major events in Sydney on Australia Day, celebrated every January 26th, include ferry races and tall ship displays by the harbour. The bridge is also the site of aircraft flyovers and impressive fireworks shows. People come to Sydney from all over Australia and the rest of the world to enjoy the celebrations. If you know someone who’ll be there with Skype for iPad, get them to call you on the big screen, so you won’t miss a thing.

Video call London… to catch a glimpse of the International Boat Show

Although London is a cold place to be in January, the London International Boat Show can warm you up whether you love boats or not! Between January 6th and 15th 2012, hundreds of boats will be displayed alongside the ExCel Centre at Victoria Dock. But it’s not just about boats – in the water sports action pool, visitors can try their hand at various activities like windsurfing, kayaking and wakeboarding. The event even features professional talks and cooking demonstrations!.If you can’t make it to London to be there in person and aren’t able to have a video call in real time, why not ask your friends to take photographs? Once they snap pictures of this exciting spectacle, log onto Skype and share them with Skype instant messaging instant messaging Prince William and Catherine are keen rowers and sports fans, so who knows – you might even catch a glimpse of them in the background!

What global events will you be sharing via video call this January? Leave a comment below and let us know …

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