Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:36

Hot Cross Bun

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Buns white and chocIt is Holy Week and in our office, we have an Easter Morning Tea on Holy Tuesday each year, for all staff, including the non-Christians. Today, aside from thanking our colleagues in the other agency for their friendship, support and for journeying with us daily at work, I also briefly shared the meanings of the Holy Week, Easter and the Hot Cross Buns.

As someone who grew up in Southeast Asia, I never knew about the existence of these sweet buns. After a brief research online, I found Wikipedia offering this description: “a hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the British Isles, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, and India. The buns mark the end of Lent and different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning, including the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him at his burial.” [1][2]

In Australia, these buns are so popular that they start appearing in the shop shelves after Christmas. Whether Christian or not, many people developed the habit of buying them purely for their taste and not necessarily for thier religious symbolisms. I am not complaining if the huge supermarkets start selling these buns early as my family loves to eat them ... with butter or peanut butter for moBuns white round trayrning tea or recess, especially during easter week!

I hope that from now on, after reading this post, you will remember what that cross in the bun symbolises. How about you? Do you know of another version of the history of the hot cross bun?


1 Turner, Ina; Taylor, Ina (1999). Christianity. Nelson Thornes. p. 50.
2 Fakes, Dennis R. (1 January 1994). Exploring Our Lutheran Liturgy. CSS Publishing. p. 33.