Residents of the ancestral Indian village of Kamala Harris are earing up for celebration as she is set to assume office as US vice president on Wednesday.
Thulasendrapuram, a leafy village about 320 km (200 miles) south of the city of Chennai, is where Harris’s maternal grandfather was born more than a century ago.
Reports say a local politician conducted a special prayer and villagers have been distributing sweets and letting off crackers since the morning.
Kamala Harris, who was born to an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, both of whom immigrated to the United States to study, visited Thulasendrapuram when she was five and has recalled walks with her grandfather on the beach at Chennai.
An artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has also created a sand sculpture featuring Biden and Harris.
Harris becomes the first woman, first Black American and first Asian American to win the second highest US office.