It’s a day that needs little introduction among Mount Holyoke College students; a day filled with food, fun and festivities and quite often referred to as “the best day ever at MHC”. It is a celebration that is, part Earth Day, part MHC tradition. View the Evolution of Pangy Day (.mov).
Pangynaskeia, a word loosely defined as “cultivating the total world of women – physical, intellectual, and moral,” was one of the names that Mary Lyon was considering 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 includes the all-college picnic at the Amphitheater and then moves up to Skinner Green for a “fun free for all” with more music, games, the Ritual Maypole & Spiral Dance, face painting, ice cream, and more. There is a mass distribution of daises at the Pangy Picnic by the Environmental Action Coalition in the spirit of May Day to encourage everyone to join the festivities on Skinner Green.
This event is sponsored by the Office of Student Programs, the Miller Worley Center for the Environment, the Pagan Wiccan Collective, Dining Services, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life.