Source: The Hartford Courant
On October 12, 2002 The Hartford Courant reported that "[Durga's] triumph will be celebrated this weekend at the annual Durga Puja festival, the most important holiday on the Hindu calendar, particularly for Bengali Hindus and those who hail from the eastern parts of India. About 700 Bengalis from central Connecticut and Massachusetts are expected to celebrate the festival all day today and Sunday. It is being held at the Burnside Methodist Church. Celebrants mark the holiday by buying new clothes, exchanging gifts, visiting friends and relatives and exchanging sweets."