SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — Friday, Feb. 14th, 2020 was Valentine's Day, and although many will be celebrating the day with flowers and chocolates, the holiday has a rich history.
Valentine's Day is celebrated across the globe and hundreds of years of traditions and customs have made it into what it is today.
One comes from the early Christian church, which had at least two saints who were named Valentine.
Another urban legend says a priest named Valentine married couples in secret.
Another way people spread love on Valentine's Day is by exchanging cards.
According to the Greeting Card Association and Hallmark, roughly 145 million Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the year's second-largest card-sending holiday.
America's first mass-produced Valentines appeared in the 1840s.