Note - Schedule Changes: In light of the events in West last night, Baylor University will delay the beginning of Diadeloso to honor those whose lives have been affected by the tragedy. A time of prayer for the Baylor community will be held in Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center from 10-11 a.m. this morning. All members of the Baylor community are welcome to attend. All other events will begin at noon; check the rest of the web site for details about specific events. Due to inclement weather, the Noon Meal has been moved to Penland Dining Hall.
As spring approaches the Baylor campus once more, it is time to begin thinking about Baylor's annual holiday, Diadeloso. Each spring since 1932, students at Baylor have been given a day off from classes so that they can enjoy the outdoors with their friends and classmates at this annual event.
The day's schedule will be filled with fun and games along with many booths sponsored by various student organizations. The day will include tournaments like tug-of-war, sand volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and basketball.
How did Diadeloso get started?
Dia started in 1932 as a way to "bring smiles to the faces of students" by giving them a break from classes. The annual spring holiday gradually became a favorite pastime. Re-organized by the Chamber of Commerce in 1935, its popularity rapidly grew and the name of the occasion through the years changed from All University Day to Physical Fitness Day to May Day. In 1966 students voted to name the annual occasion "Diadeloso" or "The Day of the Bear."