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Halva (also halvah, halwa) refers to various local confection recipes.The name is used for referring to a huge variety of confections, with the most geographically common variety based on toasted semolina.Halva is popular in Western Asia, Central and South Asia, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Malta, North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Halva can be kept at room temperature during non-summer months with little risk of spoilage.
Most types of halva are relatively dense confections sweetened with sugar or honey. Their textures, however, vary. For example, semolina-based halva is gelatinous and translucent, while sesame-based halva is drier and more crumbly.
Halva can be a snack or served as part of a meal.
In Turkey halva is served for special occasions such as births, circumcisions, weddings and religious gatherings. The tradition is for semolina halva to be served at funerals, when someone leaves or returns from Hajj, and during Lent.

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