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Halwai (Hindu traditions) in India

Halwai (Hindu traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,665,000 Hindi Hinduism 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Halwai (Hindu traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
Halwai people of India are a caste of sweet makers and confectioners. The name Halwai comes from the Hindi word "Halwa" which is a sweet.

Where are they located?
Many Halwai people live in Uttar Pradesh, Madya Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal.

What are their lives like?
They are viewed with respect. Because of the importance sweets have in religion and socially, they have a special position in festivals, childbirths and marriages.

Sweet shops of Halwai grace towns and bazaars in north India. Some Halwai people are involved government, private work, engineering, medical, and agriculture. Their common language is Hindi.

They are mainly vegetarians, eating wheat, rice, fruit and vegetables. In Bihar, Halwai people eat chicken and mutton, but not beef. They enjoy milk and dairy produce, but not alcohol.

Halwai do not marry outside of their respective groups. They have one spouse. Divorce is permitted, and divorcees, and bereaved are permitted to remarry, and they practivce the tradition of dowry. They practice family planning and modern medicine.

They educate both boys and girls, which is unusual in India. Property is equally given to the sons. The oldest son becomes the leader in the home. Younger men often move away to begin businesses.

Most Halwai people are comfortable financially, and some are wealthy particularly in the cities and towns.

What are their beliefs?
Halwai people are mostly Hindu. A Brahmin priest conducts birth, marriage and death ceremonies. The dead are cremated and the ashes immersed in a river, usually the Ganges. Post delivery child birth pollution and death pollution are observed for a given period of time They observe many pilgrimages and festivals.

What are their needs?
They need to realize that Halwai wealth is temporary but Salvation through Jesus Christ is permanent.

Modernization is breaking down family units which have been the glue to society for many generations, and loneliness is increasingly a problem. They are expected to "achieve it all," but ironically, achieving it all can be empty.

Prayer Points
Pray for Christ to reveal Himself to Halwai leaders.
Pray for the eyes of hearts to be open to Jesus Christ as Lord and King.
Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among every Halwi community.
Pray for many to be prompted to faithfully pray for Halwai.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,665,000
Largest States:
Bihar (626,000)West Bengal (501,000)
Uttar Pradesh (365,000)Jharkhand (129,000)
Madhya Pradesh (6,900)Odisha (6,500)
Chhattisgarh (5,700)Maharashtra (4,000)
Uttarakhand (2,100)Andaman and Nicobar Islands (1,600)
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People Name in Country: Halwai (Hindu traditions)
People Name General: Halwai (Hindu traditions)
Alternate People Names:
हलवाई (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112199
Joshua Project People ID: 16905
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,665,000
Population all Countries: 1,825,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Hindu - other
People Name General: Halwai (Hindu traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Hindi (710,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hin    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (386,000)Maithili (113,000)
Bhojpuri (86,000)Awadhi (51,000)
Magahi (24,000)Kanauji (11,000)
Angika (7,000)Odia (3,900)
Chhattisgarhi (3,000)Bagheli (2,700)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 20
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism100.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 2   Less than 2% Evangelical. Initial (localized) church planting within past 2 years
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Bible Portions: 1806-1962
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1835-2019
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