What would you see if you video called the world this February?
Video call Iceland … and see the Northern Lights
February is one of the best months to see the Northern Lights in Scandinavia. Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, is a great spot to catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis – especially in February, when the city hosts its own Winter Lights Festival. If you’re in the area, or know someone who is, video call and check out the celebrations.
Video call Vienna … and see the Johann Strauss Ball
If you’ve ever dreamed of dancing a romantic waltz or attending a ball, then make sure to video call Vienna this month and take a peep at the Johann Strauss Ball on February 11. Honoring the famous composer, this grand soiree will see guests learn the waltzes and re-enact the classical balls that once occurred at the world-famous Kursalon Wien.
Video call Terni, Italy … for St. Valentine’s Day
St. Valentine’s Day is thought to be in memory of two sainted martyrs – St. Valentine of Rome and St. Valentine of Terni. It’s believed that, in 270 AD, the Roman Emperor Claudius II forbade soldiers to marry during wartime. (The then) Bishop Valentine of Terni defied orders and performed secret wedding ceremonies. After being caught, he was jailed and executed – but not before writing a love note to the jailor’s daughter, signing it, “From your Valentine.” The remains of St. Valentine now lie in Terni Cathedral, and all through February there will be carnivals, fireworks displays, and more in his honor.
Video call China … and see the Chinese New Year Spring Festival
Chinese New Year may have taken place on January 23, but in China the celebrations go on until mid-February. This month, China will celebrate the end of the New Year festivities and welcome the Year of the Dragon with a lantern festival. If you’re in China, video call from your mobile phone, so your friends and family can see thousands of lanterns glow above you.
Video call New Zealand … for an Art Deco Weekend
Think Great Gatsby, flapper dresses, and the Roaring Twenties. While New Zealand may not be the first place you associate with the Jazz Age, in February thousands of Art Deco fans meet up to dress up and tour Hawkes Bay in the town of Napier – a neighborhood rebuilt in the 1920s is one of the world’s best examples of Art Deco design. If you know anyone in the area, make sure to video call. Or if you’re in the neighborhood, why not go all out with a video call from the back of a vintage car touring the city while wearing your flapper finery?
Video call Washington, D.C. … for Black History Month
February is Black History Month. This year will mark a celebration of the lives, achievements, and contributions of African American women such as Ella Fitzgerald, Rosa Parks, and Maya Angelou. While there will be events across America, ask folks you know in Washington, D.C. to video call you from their smartphone so you can see celebrations like the Navy Memorial and U.S. Navy Band Diversity Concerts.
Where will you video call from this February? Where in the world would you like to video call from? Please leave us a comment, and let us know …