I have a friend from India that works with me. She just shared with me that now it is the most difficult ti,e for her, since in India they have Diwali, a festival of Lights, which signifies the win of good over evil. This is a family time and a blessed time to be in India.
There are quite a few Hidu's in the Netherlands. Mostly from Suriname in South=America, but some of them also from India.
Hinduism is a minority religion in the Netherlands, representing 0.6% of the Dutch population in 2015. After the United Kingdom, the second largest Hindu community of Europe live in the Netherlands. There are between 150,000 – 200,000 Hindus currently living in the Netherlands, the vast majority of who migrated from Suriname – a former Dutch colony in South America. There are also sizable populations of Hindu immigrants from India and Sri Lanka, as well as a smaller number of Western adherents of Hinduism-oriented new religious movements.
I had Hindu pupils in my primary school and high school. And in Amsterdam and The Hague Hindu's make a large part of the Surinam community next to the Black Surinamese creoles, the Surinamese Javanese (Indonesian people in Southern-America), the Surinamese Chinese. Surinamese Sephardic Portuguese jews, and some Lebanese and other people. I love Hindu restaurants in the Netherlands, especially their Roti and Curry dishes.Hindu people are traders, shop keepers, business people, bankers, workers and civil servants in the Netheralands and some of them are professional soldiers.
I like the Dutch Hindu's. We have few problems with them, they mix well and there are a lot of mixed marriages. But traditional Hindu's stick to themselves like the Orthodox Jews, Muslims and conservative traditional christians.
Pieter, I remember you posting about Surinam's culture in Netherlands. When I was a graduate student in Texas we had lots of Indians, here in Idaho there are just few, usually at the university or in the national lab but through the university connections.
They bring some diversity to our community. Asian cultures are so rich and different from our Christian traditions and I think we just don't know enough about them.