NATIONAL HOT CROSS BUN DAY
A sweet, delicious, spiced bun has its day each year on September 11 as it is National Hot Cross Bun Day. This bun is made with either currants or raisins and marked with a cross that is either made of a doughy paste that’s baked into the bun or an icing added to the top.
Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten during Lent in many historically Christian countries. Lent begins the evening before Ash Wednesday through Good Friday, and the cross is a symbol of the Crucifixion.
Hot Cross Bun Superstitions
- English folklore – Buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or mold during the subsequent year.
- English folklore – Buns can be used for medicinal purposes. A piece of it given to someone ill will help them recover.
- Sharing one with another person is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, especially if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” is said at the time.
- Some people believe because there is a cross on the bun, they should be kissed before being eaten.
- Hot cross buns are said to protect you during a sea voyage.
- If hung in a kitchen, they are said to protect against fires and ensure that all bread turns out perfectly. (The hanging bun is replaced each year.)
HOW TO OBSERVE
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