Today marks Baylor’s annual celebration of all things Bear, Diadeloso! For many of you, Tuesday might seem sacrilegious for Dia festivities, given Dia has traditionally been celebrated on a Thursday until recently.
Diadeloso which literally means “The Day of the Bear” started in 1932. It was meant to raise student morale by giving them a day off from the onslaught of classes. This day off was popularized when the Chamber of Commerce reogranized it in 1935. However, this wasn’t when the name Diadeloso was settled on. The celebration began as All University Day, became Physical Fitness Day, then May Day, before being voted as Diadeloso by the students in 1966.
There are many activities and festivities going on and around campus, including a showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi last night in McLane Stadium. Today, there are food trucks, animals, competitions, and live performers on and near campus. A full list of on campus activities can be found here.
No matter if you are a current student or an alumni, I hope your Dia is a good one. Sic ‘Em Osos!