The Young Chronicle: For 2nd Graders May 9th, 2015 - Page 3

Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower When asked to name a comet, most people remember Halley's. Well, the remnants of the comet fell from the sky forming the Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower on May 5th, during the Cinco de Mayo festival which is celebrated in Mexico. Watch this video to know more about the meteor shower. Cinco– De– Mayo What is Cinco de Mayo? On Cinco de Mayo, Mexicans remember the Battle of Puebla, fought on May 5, 1862. On that day, Mexicans won an important battle against the French army, which was entering Mexico. Why is the Battle of Puebla so famous? The battle is famous because the Mexicans weren't supposed to win. The French army had about 6,000 soldiers and the Mexicans had only about 4,500. The French had better guns and were better trained. The French had already beaten the Mexicans a few times as they made their way to the city of Puebla, from which they planned to go to Mexico City. What happened at the Battle of Puebla? The Mexicans had made defences around the city of Puebla. The French attacked three times, and each time they had to retreat. The Mexicans cheered and President Benito Juarez said that May fifth would forever be a national holiday. How do Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Mexicans love Cinco de Mayo! It's a day that makes them feel very proud. There are parties, parades and lots of food. There are festivals with concerts and dancing. Traditional Mexican musicians called Mariachi bands are everywhere.