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Halwai is a caste of Vaishya varna (community) with traditional primary occupation related to confectionery and sweet-making. The name is derived the word Halwa.
|Regions with significant populations|
|• India * Pakistan|
|• Hindi • Awadhi • Bhojpuri . Angika/Bhagalpur • Marwari Punjabi|
|• Hinduism, Jainism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|• Muslim Halwai • Bania • Vaishya|
Origins of the Halwai CasteEdit
In some parts of Uttar Pradesh, some believe that they have descended from a man by the name 'Bhalandan.' This Bhalandan came into being due to the will of the Hindu god Brahma. This individual married a woman named Marutwati. Their son was an individual who was named Vatsa Priti. One of the latter's descendents, an individual called Modan, took to making sweetmeats.
- Ritual as Language: The Case of South Indian Food Offerings Gabriella Eichinger Ferro-Luzzi Current Anthropology, Vol. 18, No. 3 (Sep., 1977), pp. 507-514
- People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 597
- People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 601