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What’s common between union budget and halwa?

Its a ritual!

The printing of a budget document starts off with a “Halwa Ceremony”

Halwa Ceremony

In this image – FM Shri Arun Jaitley preparing halwa to mark commencement of Budget printing process for General Budget 2016-17.

The significance of the sweet dish is that after it is served, a large number of officials and support staff, who are directly associated with the Budget making and printing process, are required to stay in the ministry and remain cut off from their families till the presentation of the Budget by the minister in the Lok Sabha.

They are not even allowed to contact their near and dear ones through phone or any other form of communication, like e-mail. Only very senior officials in the Finance Ministry are permitted to go home.

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