National Hot Cross Bun Day - September 11
Mon, Sep 11, 2023

National Hot Cross Bun Day

National Hot Cross Bun Day is a celebration of delicious hot buns topped with cream spread in the shape of a cross. They are made from yeast dough, with or without spices (ginger, cinnamon, vanilla). The holiday is celebrated annually on September 11th. There must be fragrant confectionery on the table.


It is impossible to say exactly when the National Hot Cross Bun Day appeared. There are several theories. The most popular legend says that in the 13th century, an Anglican monk decided to bake these buns and distribute them to people in celebration of Good Friday. Three centuries later, they had already spread throughout England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. She stated cross buns are a symbol of Christian holidays, so they should not be consumed on ordinary days. For a long time, this law did not exist, and buns began to be consumed on any day.

Despite the wide distribution of the buns, many modern people continue to bake them only for Christian holidays. For example, for Easter or Christmas.

Interesting facts

  • There is no single correct recipe for making the buns; you can experiment and add new ingredients.
  • There is a belief that if you hang such a bun under the roof of the house, it will protect the residents from evil spirits.
  • Believers recommend using them during illnesses, as they have healing powers.

How to take part

The most important thing to do at National Hot Cross Bun Day is to eat some buns. This is a delicious approach to celebrate this holiday. It is also recommended to bake a lot of cross buns and treat your loved ones, friends, and acquaintances.

If you do not know how to bake buns, then this day is a great opportunity to learn how. Carefully study the available recipes and try. You will definitely succeed! The cross on the bun can be made in two ways: make an incision with a knife before placing them in the oven, or decorate already finished products with cream. Do not forget that you can freely experiment and create new versions of these buns.

When is National Hot Cross Bun Day celebrated in 2023?

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


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday September 11 2023
Wednesday September 11 2024
Thursday September 11 2025
Friday September 11 2026

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