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{April 12, 2009}   hot cross buns

Hot Cross Buns

i’ve always wondered why hot cross buns are famously connected to the good friday/easter period. i infer that the cross on the bun alludes to crucifixion.the geek brought over some hot cross buns on friday made by his mom, and when i got home last night i found more hot cross buns on the kitchen counter.

true enough, wiki says that “in many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the crucifixion.” However, i also found out that it had served political purposes, “English monarchs saw the buns as a dangerous hold-over of Catholic belief in England, being baked from the dough used in making the communion wafer. Protestant England attempted to ban the sale of the buns by bakers but they were too popular, and instead Elizabeth I passed a law permitting bakeries to sell them, but only at Easter and Christmas.”

this makes eating hot cross buns a subversive activity.


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