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Valentine's Day Customs Around The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 02/14/11 12:02 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Valentine's Day is upon us once again, and the sight of red roses, teddy bears and heart-shaped chocolate boxes is nearly ubiquitous on street corner in any number of cities worldwide.

True to its Roman Catholic origins, the holiday is primarily a Western phenomenon. Still, non-Catholic countries like Russia and Israel have adopted some Valentine traditions like exchanging flowers, though in Japan, a mistranslation by a local chocolate company has lead to a humorous new custom.

Take a look at some snapshots of Valentine's Day around the world here:

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In France -- a traditionally Catholic country -- Valentine's Day is known simply as "Saint Valentin," and is celebrated in much the same way as other western countries.
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