Kamala Harris' ancestral village in India erupts into celebration as she becomes US vice president
Thulasendrapuram, an Indian village with connections to Kamala Harris, celebrated with fireworks and chanting as she was sworn in as Vice President.
Residents of an Indian village have set off firecrackers and prayed at a Hindu temple as they watched Kamala Harris, who has strong roots there, take her oath of office and become the US vice president.
Groups of women in bright saris and men wearing white dhoti pants watched the inauguration live as reporters broadcast the villager's celebrations to millions of Indians.
The villagers chanted "Long live Kamala Harris" while holding portraits of her and they set off fireworks the moment she took the oath.
Earlier, the villages adorned their temple with flowers, offering special prayers for Harris' success. Her maternal grandfather was born in the village of Thulasendrapuram, about 350km from the southern coastal city of Chennai.
"We are feeling very proud that an Indian is being elected as the vice president of America," said teacher Anukampa Madhavasimhan.
At the prayer ceremony in Thulasendrapuram, the idol of Hindu deity Ayyanar, a form of Lord Shiva, was washed with milk and decked with flowers by a priest. Then the village reverberated with the sound of firecrackers as people held up posters of Ms. Harris and clapped their hands.
Harris made history on Wednesday as the first black, South Asian and female US vice president and what made her special for the village is is her Indian heritage.