All you need to know about 'Halwa ceremony' ahead of Budget

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​What's this customary Halwa ceremony?
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​What's this customary Halwa ceremony?

The customary halwa ceremony, which marks the process of printing documents for the Budget, will be hosted by the Finance Ministry on January 20, ahead of the presentation of the Union Budget on February 1.

In pic: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman(C) and Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur(2L), Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar(L), Economic Affairs Secretary Atanu Chakraborty(R) and others during 'Halwa' ceremony marking the commencement of Budget printing process for the General Budget 2019-20, in New Delhi.

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​Who attends it
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​Who attends it

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, other officials of the ministry and clerks were present at the ceremony which will be held at North Block.

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​Annual tradition
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​Annual tradition

Every year, the government follows an annual tradition of hosting a halwa ceremony, a few days before the Budget is presented. The making of halwa marks the official kick-off of events.

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​How is it prepared?
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​How is it prepared?

The Indian dessert is prepared in a large vessel and served to the finance ministry staff as part of the ritual.

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​North Block's significance
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​North Block's significance

After the ceremony, the employees who are a part of the budget-making process, move to the basement of North Block for around 10 days.

They will only emerge once the Finance Minister presents the Budget in Parliament.

This is done to prevent any leaks before the annual Budget is presented.

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​Budget-making process
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​Budget-making process

The ceremony also recognises and lauds the efforts of every staff who have been a part of the budget-making process.

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