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It has been a thiruvizha (festival) at Thulasenthirapuram village in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, the ancestral village of the United States Vice President Kamala Harris.
Billboards of Harris have been put up all over the village and a live screening was scheduled at 10pm when the swearing-in ceremony took place.
Villagers prepared sweets and murukku that was distributed in the village.
Calendars featuring the faces of Biden and Harris were distributed as well and a special pooja was held after the ceremony.
“Kamala Harris has made history by becoming the first woman Vice President of the US. This is a proud moment for women and our village. We take pride that she has her roots in India and this village.”Sudhakar, Resident
Harris' maternal grandfather, PV Gopalan hails from the village.
“We hope that she visits this village someday,” said Nataraj, the temple priest.
During her nomination and victory, the villagers celebrated with special poojas in honour of her.
People had then set off firecrackers, carried placards with her photograph, offered prayers at the temple and read out the news headlines calling her “the daughter of the village.”
The First Woman VP
Harris was born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, both of whom immigrated to the United States to study and later settled there.
On 20 January, Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman, first African-American, and first Asian-American Vice-President of USA. She would also then become the highest-ranking female elected official in US history.
A day before, she had sent out a message of unity and togetherness to a country still reeling under the coronavirus pandemic and the political turmoil.