Firecrackers and prayers as Indians celebrate Harris’ win

Firecrackers and prayers as Indians celebrate Harris’ win
Indian village women, one holding a placard featuring U.S. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris during celebrations for her victory, in Painganadu a neighboring village of Thulasendrapuram, the hometown of Harris' maternal grandfather, south of Chennai, Tamil Nadu state, India, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020. Waking up to the news of Kamala Harris' election as Joe Biden's running mate, overjoyed people in her Indian grandfather's hometown are setting off firecrackers, carrying her placards and offering prayers. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi) (Source: Aijaz Rahi)

THULASENDRAPURAM, India (AP) - Overjoyed people set off firecrackers and offered prayers in the tiny Indian village that was the home of Kamala Harris' maternal grandfather.

They read newspapers and chatted about the U.S. election at street corners before moving to a temple in Thulasendrapuram, population 350.

A woman wrote a congratulatory message in color powder outside her home, and youngsters carried a photo of Harris as they played.

Harris is the first woman and the first person of South Asian descent to be elected vice president.

The singing and other festivities made the village seem to be celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, a week ahead of time.

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