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.
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.