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It’s Easter!

We all know and love hot cross buns but what is the history and tradition behind them?

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Some people used to believe that a hot cross bun eaten on Good Friday (the day that Jesus was crucified) would protect their homes from fire. Some Christians believe that the cross on the top of the bun represents the cross that Jesus died on.

Did you know…?

Every year on Good Friday, a hot cross bun ceremony takes place at The Widow’s Son pub in London. A Royal Navy sailor hangs a bun from one of the old wooden beams. A religious service then takes place which is followed by singing and drinking. But why do they do this? The story is that a widow and her only son who was a sailor in the Navy lived in a cottage on the site of the pub. He was due to return home on Good Friday (said to be in 1824) and had asked his mother to bake him some hot cross buns. Sadly he never returned.

But every Good Friday from then on, his mother had a new bun waiting for him. She kept all of the buns from previous years and when she died, the buns were found hanging from a beam in her cottage.

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