Saturday, January 07, 2006

New Year Is Here And That Can Mean Only One Thing

And what could that one thing be, you ask? Why, it's hot cross buns of course. Now that Christmas and New Years have been put on the back burner the supermarkets are preparing us for Easter. In the first week of January too. Do they start advertising Thanksgiving turkeys in the US in March or something?

I'm a little surprised that Christians aren't up in arms about this. Hot cross buns are supposed to be served following the 40 days of lent. How many Christians go without eggs and dairy products for 40 days anyway? I'll say one thing for Muslims and Ramadan - at least they stick to their religious beliefs.

Let's see some more fundamentalist Christian activism in upholding the traditions of Christianity. Not that I care, as an atheist, anyway.


megha said...

hei, remember the nursery rhyme about hot cross buns? that's how i know that there are things called "hot cross buns". this post is only the second time that i'm hearing of it :) what are they like?

btw, all muslims don't fast like they're supposed to. during ramadan, some don't eat in public places, but come home and eat :) human, after all.

Hammysmum said...

It usually is not the Christians who own the big super market chains. Christian festivals etc, have been coandeered by them for commercial purpose, as you know. I heard H.G.Nelson say, very facetiously this morning, there are only 350 shopping days to Christmas.

Hammy said...

Hot cross buns taste alright by me. Especially if the glazing is done properly. Better when they are hot and straight from the oven.

I'm sure that there are a lot of Christians, the type that visit the Vatican, that adhere to tradition.

Mum - you were listening to H.G. Nelson?

Hammysmum said...

No. I was not! He came on in place of Macca, on Sunday. I quickly turned him off, I can assure thee!

Ben said...

Not everyone who calls themselves Christian has the same traditions. Don't confuse the traditions of Catholics and protestants. I'm sure that protestant are not too keen on upholding Catholic traditions, and vice versa.

More over, traditions of similar denominations are different accross the world. For example, what you call hot cross buns in Australia is totally different to the same in France or Mauritius. We call them brioche there, and they taste like brioche. Where can you find real brioche here in Australia? You can also answer, where can you get Australian hot cross bun in Mauritius or France?

Not to say: how does hot cross bun taste like on other countries, like Spain or Italy, major Catholic countries?

Hammy said...

Spose I don't know enough about the traditions of Catholics and Protestants to comment effectively. Can't say that I've eaten a hot cross bun in another country - perhaps they are just what our supermarkets/bakeries deem we wish to eat.