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Beautiful Wishing Traditions Around The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/22/10 09:05 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:05 PM ET

The capacity for hope is a universal human trait. All over the world, people wish: For peace, best symbolized by the Japanese paper crane tradition; for love, as seen from China to Italy in couples' dedications of "love locks;" even simply for the good fortune to one day return to a city that has captured your heart, as at Rome's Trevi Fountain.

In the slideshow below, we've collected some of our favorite photographs of wishing. Whether through a penny or a prayer flag, the world has unique and beautiful ways to symbolize its hope.

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Wishing Wall, Times Square, New York City
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The wishes on the 2010 New Year's Eve Wishing Wall were released at midnight on New Year's Eve as part of the traditional confetti in Times Sqaure.
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