Beautiful Wishing Traditions Around The World (PHOTOS)

10/22/2010 08:05am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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.

What beautiful ways of wishing did we miss? Send us your photos!