Christianity is the dominant religion throughout the islands of the Caribbean, and Jamaica is no exception. With the celebration of Easter celebrated all over the islands and Jamaica is no different. When one hears the word, “Easter”, in the Caribbean what comes to mind is hot-cross buns, the most Amazing Jamaican Easter Bun (buns and cheese), is a hot cross bun that comes with the provisions of salt-fish and cheese to eat while going to church.
What is a Hot Cross Bun?
A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun usually made with fruit, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in traditionally the following countries:
The hot cross bun is significant because it marks the end of Lent. Different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning. The cross on the bun represents the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside the bun signifies some of the spices used to embalm Him at his burial.
Christians Abstain from Meat During Lent
Easter is the time of the year, when Christians abstain from meat and flock towards bread and meat-free goods. During the Lenten Season, especially on Fridays, in the Caribbean, Christians only eat bread and water until sunset. In particular, hot cross buns were only reserved for Good Friday.
The Jamaican Easter Bun
Jamaican Easter Bun is a hot cross bun that is a delightful piece of the Jamaican culture. Traditionally made in the “Easter season” as the name dictates, the Jamaican bun is a sweet, delicious tradition that has been passed along from generation to generation. A Jamaican Easter Bun is great when paired with Tastee Cheese. The Jamaican bun is a MUST have for Easter.