April 20, 2014
GIVE THEM TO YOUR SONS:
5 Great Historical Myths And Traditions About Hot Cross Buns, a Pre-Easter Pastry : From solidifying friendships to driving evil spirits away, legends abound about these sweet dough balls (Rachel Nuwer, 4/20/14, SMITHSONIANMAG.COM)
Here are five favorites:A 12th-century monk was the first person to mark the bun with a cross.This monk baked the buns on Good Friday, in honor of the upcoming Easter holiday, IrishCentral reports, and they soon gained popularity around England as a symbol of the holiday weekend. However, the first definite record of hot cross buns comes from a 16th and 17th century text stating: "Good Friday comes this month, the old woman runs, with one or two a penny hot cross buns." [...]And cement friendships.Those who share a hot cross bun are supposed to enjoy a strong friendship and bond for the next year. A line from an old rhyme captures this lore, says Irish Central: "Half for you and half for me, between us two, good luck shall be."
Posted by Orrin Judd at April 20, 2014 9:19 AM