OPINION: Parade takes a lighter look at life in Bathurst and surrounds

MATE: Will Fitzpatrick's dog Angus at the Tarana Easter Monday Dog Trials, where money raised went to Westmead Hospital's kidney research.
MATE: Will Fitzpatrick's dog Angus at the Tarana Easter Monday Dog Trials, where money raised went to Westmead Hospital's kidney research.

Parade had an epiphany during the Easter weekend – why does the Easter Bunny give out chocolate eggs, when rabbits don’t even lay eggs?

Well, Parade did some researching and discovered a bit about the origins of the little critter who brings us delicious chocolate once a year.

Originating among German Lutherans, the Easter Hare (as it was known) played the role of a judge and would evaluate whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour around Easter time.

The hare was a popular motif in medieval church art and in ancient times, the animal was believed to be a hermaphrodite, which led to an association with the Virgin Mary.

In legend, the Easter Bunny carried coloured eggs in its basket, candy, and sometimes toys to the homes of children, and as such shows similarities to Santa Claus. 

While Parade hopes readers find this information helpful on the origins of the Easter Bunny, Parade is off to finish the remaining stash of chocolate the Easter Bunny brought him.

What’s my name?

SOCCER or football? It’s an age-old debate that has divided Australians since the dawn of time.

Okay, maybe not that long, but the debate has long been raging and Parade loves to get involved. 

So what is the sport’s proper name? Soccer or football?

The answer is simple – football.

The sport, appropriately nicknamed the World Game, is the only sport that 100 per cent incorporates the sport’s name – football.

In rugby league, Australian rules and especially gridiron, we see more emphasis on using a ball, that doesn’t look anything like a traditional football, with hands.  

Football is only officially referred to as soccer in two countries – Canada and United States – where the sport is the shadow of gridiron (or hand egg). 

Previously known as the Bathurst District Soccer Association, the organisation saw the light and changed its named to Bathurst District Football in the past decade. 

Australian Soccer Association changed to Football Federation Australia in 2004.