National Hot Cross Bun Day - September 11
Wed, Sep 11, 2024

National Hot Cross Bun Day

National Hot Cross Bun Day celebrates the delicious sweet buns traditionally marked with a cross on top. These buns, made from yeast dough, can include spices like ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla and are enjoyed annually on September 11th.


The origins of National Hot Cross Bun Day are not clearly documented, but there are several legends associated with these buns. One popular story dates back to the 13th century when an Anglican monk baked the buns to distribute on Good Friday. By the time of Queen Elizabeth’s reign in the 16th century, hot cross buns were so closely associated with Christian holidays that their sale was restricted to specific holy days. However, this restriction eventually faded, allowing the buns to be enjoyed all year round.

Interesting Facts

  • There is no definitive recipe for hot cross buns; variations and experimentation with ingredients are common.
  • According to folklore, hanging a hot cross bun under the roof of your house can ward off evil spirits.
  • Some believe that these buns possess healing properties and recommend their use during illnesses.

How to Take Part

To celebrate National Hot Cross Bun Day, the best thing to do is eat some buns! Bake a batch and share them with family, friends, and neighbors. If you’re new to baking, this day provides a perfect opportunity to learn. Experiment with the recipe—add different spices or toppings, and choose how to make the cross, either by cutting into the dough before baking or applying a cream cross on finished buns.

When is National Hot Cross Bun Day celebrated in 2024?

National Hot Cross Bun Day is observed on September 11 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday September 11 2024
Thursday September 11 2025
Friday September 11 2026
Saturday September 11 2027
Monday September 11 2028
Tuesday September 11 2029