Halwai (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

Unreached of the Day  3/05/2021

Halwai (Hindu traditions) in Bangladesh

Though most members of the Halwai community live in India, today we are praying for this Hindu community living in the predominantly Muslim country of Bangladesh. As is traditionally true of most Hindu castes, its members usually focus on one primary type of job. The Halwai are a caste of sweet makers and confectioners. The Hindu communities respect them because of the importance of sweets in both their religion as well as in festivals associated with childbirth and marriage. Now, many Halwai have branched out into other occupations, such as medicine and engineering. The Halwai are primarily vegetarians. It is rare to see the Halwai marry outside of their caste.

Ministry Obstacles

It is difficult for evangelists or believers to find a point of common interests with Hindus who worship many gods. Their main gods are Shiva, Rama, Krishna, and Ganesh.

Outreach Ideas

Unlike some other castes, they believe in educating both boys and girls, which suggests they value education. Often the highly educated are more open to "new" ideas, and it may be easier to have some intentional and meaningful conversations with them about Jesus Christ, the only one who can save them from their sin.

Scripture Focus

"Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord."  Psalm 32:10

Scripture Prayer

Pray for many from this people group to notice this stark difference and turn to the Lord.

Prayer Focus

Pray for the Lord to bless the Halwai people materially and spiritually. Pray for a movement to Christ.



People Name Halwai (Hindu traditions)
Pronunciationhahl-WYE
Country Bangladesh
10/40 Window Yes
Population 82,000
World Population 1,569,000
Language Bengali
Primary Religion Hinduism
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image