Pangy Day, a day filled with food, fun, and festivities, will take place Friday, April 27.
Pangynaskeia, a word loosely defined as “cultivating the total world of women—physical, intellectual, and moral,” was one of the names founder Mary Lyon considered for her new seminary before the name "Mount Holyoke" won out. In 1979, Pangynaskeia (now commonly called “Pangy Day”) debuted as a Mount Holyoke College tradition celebrating this “total world of women.”
Pangy Day will begin with a College picnic at 11:30 am on Pageant Green. The celebration will continue through the afternoon on Skinner Green with the ritual Maypole dance at 1 pm, Sacred Circle Dancing, parachute play, music, face painting, class color competitions, and ice cream. The festivities will also include CAUSE-sponsored “Locks of Love” haircuts and a Bicycle Clinic hosted by Campus Police.
For the third year, the MHC Eco-Reps will host the “Mega Free Bin.” Students can drop off gently used items until April 27 in the “free” bins located in residence hall laundry rooms. The Eco-Reps will collect everything and create a Mega Free Bin on Pangy Day for community members to bring unwanted items and/or take something they're interested in.
New this year is the Shredding Event, hosted by Staff Council from 1 to 4 pm near Skinner Green by the large Infoshred truck. Personal documents will be securely shredded for a small suggested donation of $5 per box. All proceeds will go toward the purchase of trees to replace those lost on campus during the October storm.
In the event of rain, the Maypole dance and most activities will be in Chapin Auditorium; a few will be moved to Blanchard Campus Center. The picnic will be canceled.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Programs, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the Pagan Wiccan Collective, Dining Services, the MHC Green Partners, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.