|Regions with significant populations|
|• India * Pakistan|
|• Hindi • Awadhi • Bhojpuri . Angika • Marwari Punjabi|
|• Hinduism, Jainism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|• Muslim Halwai • Bania • Vaishya|
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 descendants, an individual called Modan, took to making sweetmeats.
Some suggest they came from north-west region of India and get settled in gangatic plains.
Culture and subdivisions
Halwai worships Baba Ganinath Govindji as their kul guru in the months of September. They are subdivided into many clans like Madhesiya, kannaujiya, Haldi etc.
They are orthodox hindus.
- "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, Part 2. edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 597. ISBN 9788173041143.
- People of India: Uttar Pradesh, Volume XLII. edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 601.