What no one knew, until more recently, when Thomas and Ruth Roy submitted their official holiday entry form to Chase’s Calendar of Events, was that, when the swallows return to Capistrano, all the slugs leave. It can only be imagined that the slugs fear for their lives, given the huge increase in the bird population.
This day, observed on May 28th, is known as “Slugs Return from Capistrano Day”.
The famous swallows’ yearly farewell to Capistrano is celebrated on October 23rd, when they are said to circle the mission before heading back to Argentina. This day must be celebrated by the slugs as well, as they can then safely go back to vacationing in Capistrano, which is understood to be lovely.
They get to stay there all winter, swallow free.
Over the past 15 years, or so, Tom and Ruth Roy have added other humorous holidays to our calendar, including “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night”, celebrated August 8th, “Stay Home Because You’re Well Day”, celebrated on November 30th, which happens to be Tom Roy’s birthday, and “International Moment of Frustration Scream Day”, celebrated on October 12th. Chase’s has made them all official, and has placed them in their book, along with Labor Day, and other more serious occasions.
An editor at Chase’s once said that the Roys are probably America’s biggest holiday makers, after the president and Congress.
So, since their return is officially recognized, be sure to wish the slugs a fond welcome back to your gardens and patios on May 28th. And Happy Slugs Return from Capistrano Day to you!
For more information, please see the links below:
Elizabeth Ruffing’s Hug Me Slugs:
An article on the Roys in the Los Angeles Times:
The Story of the swallows of Capistrano:
A "Slugs Return from Capistrano" e card:
from Blue Mountain to send to your friends !