02/14/2011 12:02 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Valentine's Day Customs Around The World (PHOTOS)

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: