Pangy Day

Photo of a group of students celebrating Pangy Day with flowers in their hair

Always the last Friday in April!

Pangy Day, a tradition at Mount Holyoke that began in 1980, takes place on the last Friday of classes in the spring semester. Filled with food, fun and festivities and often referred to as “the best day ever at MHC,” Pangy Day as a celebration is part Earth Day, part Mount Holyoke tradition.

“Pangynaskeia,” a word loosely defined as “cultivating the total world of women — physical, intellectual, and moral,” was suggested to Mary Lyon as a possible name for her new seminary. Pronouncing the word can be challenging.

Photo of students dancing around the maypole

Pangy Day includes an all-College picnic at Pageant Green, below Gettell Amphitheater. Then it moves up to Skinner Green for music, games, dancing around the maypole, face-painting, ice cream and more. In the spirit of May Day, flowers are distributed at the picnic.

Photo of students with flowers on Pangy Day

Pangy Day 2018

Save the date for one of Mount Holyoke's most beloved traditions: Friday, April 27 beginning at 11:30 am in the Ampitheater.
Students on Skinner Green celebrating Pangy Day

You know you’re an MHC student when ...

… everything about the tradition of Pangy Day makes perfect sense!
Split photo of students celebratin Pangy Day in 1980 and 2015

Then and Now: Pangy Day

The Alumnae Quarterly explores some of the differences between the first Pangy Day and the tradition of today.