Maira Halwai in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Halwai are a caste of sweet makers and confectioners. The Mairas are a subgroup of the Hawais. The name Halwai comes from the Hindi word "Halwa" which is a sweet. The Halwais are well respected among Hindus. Because of the importance sweets have in the Hindu religion, they have a special position in festivals, childbirths and marriages. The Halwai live mainly in India's northern states, but they also live in both Bangladesh and Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Like other Halwai communities, the Maira produce and sell sweets. Sometimes they do this in roadside shops, and other times they sell them at special events. They can cater cakes and sweets for weddings and festivals.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like candy, Hinduism offers what seems like a sweet way to satisfy hunger without including any substance. It is way too easy for the Maira Halwais to be satisfied with what they have, without finding out that only Jesus offers life to the full. Believers who purchase sweets at Maira Halwai shops can give them copies of the JESUS Film as a way to open the door to the gospel.


What Are Their Needs?

Maira Halwais need to put their trust and identity in Jesus Christ rather than their caste status. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, including this community.


Prayer Points

As far as we know, there are no followers of Christ among the Maira Halwai, so pray that this will be the year when the Lord moves in their community. Pray for the Maira Halwai people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods. Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Maira Halwai people. Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Maira Halwai communities.


Scripture Prayers for the Halwai Maira in Bangladesh.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Halwai Maira
People Name in Country Halwai Maira
Natural Name Maira Halwai
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 161,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kuri; Madak; Mayara; Modak; Modhunapit; हलवाई मैरा
People ID 21140
ROP3 Code 117962
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Rangpur
4,100
Dhaka
4,100
Khulna
3,000
Rajshahi
600
Chittagong
200
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Rangpur 4,100
  Dhaka 4,100
  Khulna 3,000
  Rajshahi 600
  Chittagong 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (12,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (12,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Following Jesus video
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Rivka video
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Biblical answers to your questions
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
100.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more