11 September – Hot Cross Bun Day
Today is Hot Cross Bun Day! A hot cross bun is a sweet, spiced bun made with currants or raisins and leavened with yeast. Just as the name suggests, these baked goodies are marked with a cross on the top, which is supposed to symbolise the crucifixion.
In many Christian countries, these buns are traditionally eaten toasted or hot during Lent, starting on the evening before Ash Wednesday through midday on Good Friday.
So, why is Hot Cross Bun Day six months after Good Friday? We don’t know! The origins of this day are unknown, but we’re thankful to have an excuse to enjoy this treat anytime of year! Enjoy!