Hot Cross Buns
At this time of the year, you will have definitely seen hot cross buns for sale in your local supermarkets.
In Malaysia, which is where I am from, there are no hot cross buns for sale, and it is not a tradition to eat these buns on Good Friday. As such, my first encounter with hot cross buns was by learning to play the childrens' song "Hot Cross Buns" on the piano. You can imagine my delight when I subsequently got to taste and see real hot cross buns rather than just singing and playing about them on the piano!
There are many theories about the origin of hot cross buns. One theory is that a monk baked these buns to give to the poor. To make them pleasant, the buns were filled with raisins and spices.
In more recent years, hot cross buns have undergone further changes (chocolate vs original), and there has also been debate about when hot cross buns should begin to be sold in the supermarkets.
What do hot cross buns mean to you? No matter your background, family tradition or preferences, may the cross on these buns bring a renewal of the importance of Christ's crucifixion in your life.