With Easter dawning today, we decided to find fun Easter facts to share with residents:
What is your favorite Easter activity and how will you be celebrating?
- Deveri Mathews, 23, store manager: "My favorite would probably be baking cakes and cupcakes and different little treats using all of the Easter colors. All of our family is in different states so my husband and I won't be doing too much. We're just going to be home on the dairy. I'll bake and he'll eat."
- Devan Griego, 21, receptionist: "Watching my cousins' little Easter egg hunt at my grandparent's house in Fort Sumner. I'll be going to my grandparent's house in Fort Sumner to spend time with my whole family. We'll enjoy a big Easter lunch."
What's your most memorable Easter?
- Amanda Tarango, sales clerk: "Years ago, my family had all the kids line up for an egg hunt. It was a sunny day and I remember them yelling go and us running to find them. My whole family was there, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents."
Fun facts about rabbits:
- There are 47 recognized rabbit breeds.
- Rabbits are an ancient symbol of fertility and new life.
- Baby bunnies are commonly referred to as kittens.
- A rabbit's teeth never stop growing.
- In the wild, rabbits live in groups called warrens.
- Rabbits do not vomit.
- Rabbits are nearsighted.
- The largest known number of kits ever born in a litter is 24.
- A rabbit has five toenails on its front two paws and four toenails on its back two feet, making 18 toenails per rabbit.
- The longest rabbit ears ever recorded measured up to be 31.125 inches long.
- The world's heaviest rabbit, Darius, weighs 50 pounds.
- Hundreds of years ago rabbits were often released on deserted islands in hopes of giving shipwrecked sailors a reliable food source.
Portales Easter facts:
- City of Portales Deputy Clerk Veda Urioste said the city collected more than 3,500 eggs for this year's annual egg hunt. The city has hosted an Easter egg hunt for three years. The hunt is in the Portales softball complex.
Easter facts and tidbits:
- According to the Venerable Bede (English historian and Benedictine monk), Easter derives its name from Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. Prior to that, the holiday had been called Pasch (passover), which remains its name in most non-English languages.
- In Medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden during Lent. Eggs laid during that time were often boiled or otherwise preserved. Eggs were thus a mainstay of Easter meals, and a prized Easter gift for children and servants.
- Easter has been called a moveable feast because it doesn't fall on a set date every year, as most holidays do. Christian churches in the west celebrate Easter on the first Sunday following the full moon after the vernal equinox on March 21.
- According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants who transported their tradition of an egg-laying hare called Osterhase or Oschter Haws. Their children made nests in which this creature could lay its colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread across the U.S.
- In New York City, the Easter Parade tradition dates back to the mid-1800s, when the upper crust of society would attend Easter services at various Fifth Avenue churches then stroll outside afterward, showing off their new spring outfits and hats.
- The largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 feet high and weighed over 8,000 pounds. It was built out of chocolate and marshmallow and supported by an internal steel frame.