The name Halwai comes from the Hindi word "Halwa" which refers to sweets. The Halwai are a caste of sweet makers and confectioners. The Mairas are a subgroup of the Hawais.
The Halwai live mainly in India's northern states, but they also live in Bangladesh and Nepal.
The Hindus in India and Nepal respect the Maira Halwais. Because of the importance sweets have in the Hindu religion, they have a special position in festivals, childbirths and marriages.
Halwai owned sweet shops grace towns and bazaars throughout north India and Nepal. Some Halwai people are involved government, private work, engineering, medical, and agriculture. Most Maira Halwai people are comfortable financially, and some are wealthy, particularly in the cities and towns.
The Maira Halwai do not marry outside of their respective groups. They have one spouse. They educate both boys and girls, which is unusual in India and Nepal. After the father dies, the oldest son becomes the family head, and property is evenly divided between the sons. Younger men often move away to begin businesses.
The Halwai are mainly Hindu and worship all the main Hindu gods such as Shiva, Rama, Krishna, and Ganesh. A Brahmin priest does birth, marriage, and death ceremonies for them. They go on Hindu pilgrimages. The Halwai celebrate all the main Hindu festivals such as Holi and Diwali, many of which involve giving and eating sweets—which is very good for business!
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.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Maira Halwai people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Maira Halwai families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Maira Halwai families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Maira Halwai family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
Scripture Prayers for the Halwai Maira in Nepal.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Halwai Maira|
|People Name in Country||Halwai Maira|
|Natural Name||Maira Halwai|
|Alternate Names||Kuri; Madak; Mayara; Modak; Modhunapit; हलवाई मैरा|
|Population this Country||1,900|
|Population all Countries||163,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Total States on file||2|
Primary Language: Maithili
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2010)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
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|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories||One Story|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Maithili||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
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|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
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|General||Zume Resources||Zume Project|
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|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Maithili||YouVersion Bibles|
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|Text / Printed Matter||The Ancient Path||Live Global|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|