Egg Rolling and Hot Cross Buns in the UK
Symbolism abounds in the UK’s Easter celebrations. Across the country, kitchens are a plume of sugary, scented steam rising from freshly baked hot cross buns, eaten traditionally on Good Friday, the cross branded across their tops, a representation of the cross on which Jesus was crucified. But after the crucifixion, legend tells us the stone sealing his tomb was rolled away, revealing that he had risen from the dead. And in some small British towns, an egg-rolling tradition is thought to symbolise this part of the Easter mythos. The scene plays out a little like a reverse Sisyphus, with people taking to the slopes of Avenham Park in towns like Preston every Easter Monday to race eggs down the grassy hill, as market stalls, bonnet-making classes and Maypole dancing add to the frivolity.
Stay in London, close to Green Park or Kensington Palace, for traditional egg and chocolate hunts, as well as a myriad of events with a cheerful Easter theme. Choose the Athenaeum for elegance elevated by park views or the Rosewood for its perfectly pretty afternoon teas.