Although traditionally eaten for breakfast on Good Friday, to the modern man or woman, hot cross buns are synonymous with the entire Easter holiday. The sugary cross that is piped onto the top of the spiced bun is often recognised as a symbol of the crucifixion of Christ. Before the technique of piping became commonplace, the crosses atop the buns were simply created by scoring the dough with a knife. Some believe this practice predates Christianity, citing the worship of Eostre, goddess of light and fertility, by Anglo-Saxon pagans. To celebrate Eostre's month (April), they are said to have made spiced cakes with crosses as offerings to the goddess and then to eat. The cross symbolised the four phases of the moon. Greeks and Romans are said to have had similar foods and feasts at this time because spring signals birth and new beginnings. Subscribers to this theory say that the name Easter was derived from Eostre. However, whether the goddess was a mere invention by the 8th century English monk Saint Bede is still contested. In England, this pagan tradition became part of Catholic celebrations. The buns are made with eggs - food that was not permitted during Lent. The bun's religious connotations were so engrained that during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, a Protestant, all spiced breads, crossed or not, were seen as symbolic of Catholicism. Renowned British food writer Elizabeth David writes that the queen prohibited bakers from baking and selling spiced bread, except for funerals, on the Friday before Easter, and at Christmas. If they were to be made at any other time, they could only be made at home. Owing to this law, it seems, hot cross buns became a Good Friday tradition.