Watch: Tamil Nadu Villages Celebrate A Daughter - US Veep Kamala Harris
Two villages in Tamil Nadu celebrated this evening as Kamala Devi Harris took oath as the first woman Vice President of the United States. Mannargudi and Thulasenthirapuram-Painganadu villages in Tiruvarur district were the places from 56-year-old Ms Harris's maternal grandparents lived.
Ms Harris's grandfather PV Gopalan had moved out of Thulasenthirapuram village in his youth and got a job under the British government. Her grandmother Rajam belonged to the nearby Painganadu village.
The two villages have been waiting to celebrate for days, the 10-km stretch between them lined with huge digital banners decorated with flowers and leaves.
Many have been cleaning the roads and offering prayers for her at the village temple. The local traders have been distributing calendars with her photo. This morning, political leaders joined in, standing on the roads to distribute sweets to passers-by.
By evening, hours before the Presidential inauguration, the festivities started. Crackers were burst and sweets distributed as the villagers waited for the programme to begin.