Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Hot Cross Bun

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

The Hot Cross Bun
32 Bar Reel For 3 Couples In A 4 Couple Set, Devised By Remco Knooihuizen, Published In "Dunedin Book. Vol. 6".
Can be danced either as a 8 x 32 Reel or a 3 x 32 Reel

1-8 1s cross RH and cast, and turn LH ¾ to face 1st corners (2M3L)
9-16 1s and 1st corners set, ½ turn RH to exchange places, and dance ½ reel of 4, 2M3L passing RSh to face 2nd corners (3M2L)
17-24 2M3L and 2nd corners dance ½ reel of 4, 2M3L passing LSh to end 2M facing 1M, 3L facing 1L; 2M1M 3L1L set to facing person and ½ turn RH to exchange places
25-32 1s turn LH 1¾ to end 2nd place opposite sides; 2s1s3s set and cross.

(Misc. Crib)


Dance Notes

Bars 13-20 2M3L become dancing couple for the two half reels

Keith Rose's Crib Diagrams


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A hot cross bun is a spiced sweet bun made with currants or raisins, marked with a cross on the top, and traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the British Isles, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and some parts of America.

The buns mark the end of Lent and different parts of the hot cross bun have a certain meaning, including the cross representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and the spices inside signifying the spices used to embalm him at his burial.

Hot Cross Bun Image
Hot Cross Bun


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