The Halwa ceremony is the ceremony held in the Finance Ministry and marks the commencement of the printing of Budget documents for the upcoming Union Budget.

For the event, Halwa is prepared in a large kadhai (frying pan) and served to members of the Finance Ministry.

The event is a significant one because after this ceremony, officials and support staff who are associated in the Budget making and printing process, have to stay in the Finance Ministry and have no communication with the outside world, including their families.

The reason for the same is to ensure that the officials do not contact anyone through phone or emails and maintain utmost secrecy.

Only very senior officials are allowed to go home after the Halwa ceremony.

In fact, the Halwa ceremony was held by the Finance Ministry on Monday, January 21, 2019 ahead of the Interim Budget to be presented on February 1, 2019.

The Finance Ministry tweeted: Halwa Ceremony was held today in North Block, New Delhi to mark the Ceremonial beginning of printing of #Budget2019 documents- Both the MoS (Finance) Shiv Pratap Shukla and Pon Radhakrishnan jointly launched the ceremony and shared the Halwa with the Ministry officials.