The Legend of the Pretzel
As far back as the 4th Century the pretzel had a deep spiritual meaning for lent. In the old Roman Empire, they shaped bread in the form of a cross arms, for in those days they crossed they arms over the bread while praying. They called the bread “little Arms” (Bracellae ), from the Latin word. The Germanic people later coined the term “Pretzel,” In many places of Europe, pretzels are served only from Ash Wednesday to Easter, thus keeping the ancient symbolism alive as a reminder to pray.