Traditions behind the popular spiced sticky pastry with dried fruits vary. For Catholics, the bun should be made and eaten on Good Friday only
, and it is full of religious symbolism. Topping the bun is a decorative cross that represents Christ's crucifixion, and the spices found inside are reminiscent of the spices used to embalm Christ. In the past the buns were also seen as a powerful remedy, and one would be kept aside and used throughout the year to heal the sick.