Residents of Kamala Harris’ ancestral village are celebrating with firecrackers and food as she is sworn into office as vice president of the United States.
According to the Associated Press
, Thulasendrapuram, a village in Tamil Nadu, India, beamed with a festive atmosphere during Harris’ inauguration as U.S. vice president on Wednesday.
- The villagers watched the inauguration live, holding Harris’ portraits while setting off firecrackers. They blasted off fireworks and distributed food during her oath ceremony.
- The village is where Harris’ grandfather was born more than 100 years ago. Harris’ late mother was also born in India, before immigrating to the U.S.
- Harris visited the village when she was five and recalled walks with her grandfather on the beach at Chennai, according to Reuters.
The center of attention: Since Joe Biden and Harris’ win in the U.S. election in November, Thulasendrapuram has been buzzing with attention and adoration for the vice president-elect.
- Many residents hope she ascends to the presidency in 2024, as reported in the AP.
- “For the next four years, if she supports India, she will be the president,” said village shopkeeper G Manikandan, whose shop proudly displays posters and banners of Biden and Harris.
- Harris is set to make history as the first woman, first Black American and first person of South Asian descent to hold the vice presidency in the U.S.