National Hot Cross Bun Day - September 11

National Make Your Bed Day – September 11


A sweet, delicious, spiced bun has it’s day each year on September 11 as it is National Hot Cross Bun Day.  This bun is made with either currants or raisins and marked with a cross (made of icing) on the top.

In many historically Christian countries, hot cross buns are traditionally eaten during Lent, beginning the evening before Ash Wednesday through Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion.

Hot Cross Bun Superstitions

  • English folklore – Buns baked and served on Good Friday will not spoil or mold during the subsequent year.
  • English folklore – Buns can be used for medicinal purposes.  A piece of it given to someone ill will help them recover.
  • Sharing one with another person is supposed to ensure friendship throughout the coming year, especially if “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” is said at the time.
  • Some people believe because there is a cross on the bun, they should be kissed before being eaten.
  • Hot cross buns are said to protect you during a sea voyage.
  • If hung in a kitchen, they are said to protect against fires and ensure that all breads turn out perfectly. (the hanging bun is to be replaced each year).


To celebrate National Hot Cross Bun Day, trying making these “tried and true” Hot Cross Buns:

Post on social media using #NationalHotCrossBunsDay to encourage others to participate.


We were unable to find the creator for National Hot Cross Bun Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


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