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Vibrant Indian expats celebrate Ganesh festival in Holland with Orange decoration

Holland is home to thosands of young Indian expats. Companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS,)  Tata Steel, Infosys, Sun Pharma (many other too,) employ highly skilled software engineers who have brought Indian festivities to the delight of natives there!

Once a year, the city of Amstelveen, at Amsterdam’s southern end, plays host to a true spectacle. The Diwali Festival, the ancient Hindu festival of lights, has been celebrated here for 10 years. In 2018, the festivities took place on 3 November; they were organised by the City of Amstelveen, Amsterdam inbusiness and various private parties. About 18,000 visitors joined the celebrations.

Around 10.000 Indian expats live in the Amsterdam area, so it’s not surprising that a Diwali Festival of such a scale exists. Many of these expats come as higly skilled migrants working for Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel, Infosys, Sun Pharma or one (or more) of the many other large Indian companies that have established offices or factories in the region. All in all, there are 100 Indian companies in the Amsterdam area, and 200 in the Netherlands in total.

As a result, the Netherlands is home to the second-largest Indian community in mainland Europe, comprised of roughly 215,000 people. The highest number of highly skilled migrants to take advantage of IN Amsterdam’s services are from India.

There is much in the region to make the Indian community feel at home. For instance, there are fourteen international schools and various secondary schools that offer a bilingual education, the Amstelland Hospital provides a dedicated India Desk for health advice, and there are various dedicated non-profit organisations, such as the Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce & Trade and the Netherlands-India Association

The annual India Cricket Day at the VRA Cricket Club with 16 teams from Indian companies in the Amsterdam area compete in cricket matches. The day is concluded with a casual networking event hosted by amsterdam inbusiness and in company of a representative of the Indian Embassy in the Netherlands and the mayor of Amstelveen. Both bitterballen and samosas will be served: a true meeting of cultures.

This year Ganapati was decorated with oranges. By the way, Amsterdam has huge orange grovers. it supplies best oranges to all of europe. 

View short video clip of September-10/Ganapati-week long celebrations in Holland 

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Suresh Rao

Mellowed out and enlightened septuagenarian. Tech savvy. Social writing is just a pastime to kill time. I keep contributing to several developmental projects in the area of engineering education, IT and Healthcare projects launched by my kith and kin. I am too lazy to write a book, 'cause I think my life itself is a book! I am also at www.facebook.com/sureshnrao
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Navneet Bakshi
Navneet Bakshi
8 months ago

I have seen the videos coming from Holland of the Indians celebrating the festivals but I had not thought that so many of them are living there. Besides the numbers I think it is the spirit of getting together which has to be there for such celebrations to take place, but once the tradition starts it gets carried on like I think in many American towns Baisakhi and Holi are celebrated with fervor.

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