Budget 2021 – Halwa Ceremony 2021: The traditional ‘halwa ceremony’ marking the final stage of Budget 2021-22, was held on Saturday, January 23, at the Union Finance Ministry headquarters at North Block in New Delhi. While the traditional ceremony marks the commencement of the printing process of the government’s Budget document, this year’s Union Budget 2021-22 will be delivered in paperless form for the first time ever, on February 1, 2021. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of State Anurag Thakur took part in the halwa ceremony. (Also Read: Budget 2021: Budget Will Be Paperless For The First Time Ever )
A customary halwa ceremony is performed every year before the lock-in process of the Budget preparation begins. According to the ritual, an Indian dessert or sweet dish is prepared in a large vessel and served to the officials of the Finance Ministry. The dessert is prepared in a large vessel and served to those who are directly associated with the Budget making process. The officials are then required to stay in the north block of the Finance Ministry for around 10 days. The lock-in process is observed to maintain the secrecy of the upcoming budget and prevent any leaks before it is presented in the Parliament.