Sunny Baudelaire: Yuck.
Friday Caliban: There's nothing yucky about it. It's the colony's most important custom.
The End

Decision Day is a holiday celebrated by the colonists living on The Island.

History and Customs

While The Island is normally impossible to escape, the tides turn annually and the coastal shelf floods high enough that anyone can sail away for the duration of that occurrence.

After Ishmael took over as Facilitator, Decision Day became a holiday. All year long, the colonists would build an outrigger, which would be completed for the day. When the tides turn, the island would have a feast and talent show, and then anyone who wishes to leave would take a bite of a bitter-tasting apple (the horseradish-apple hybrid from the far side of the island) and spit it onto the ground, before boarding the outrigger and bidding the colonists farewell. In the event that nobody leaves, the outrigger would be set on fire and sent into the sea.

The only known people to have chosen to leave are two unnamed women who left with the Incredibly Deadly Viper, and Thursday, who left while his wife, Miranda Caliban, was still pregnant with their daughter, Friday. Nobody had left after Friday's birth.

The holiday fell apart the year the Baudelaire orphans stayed on the island because several colonists revolted coupled with the fact that Ishmael and Count Olaf released the Medusoid Mycelium, poisoning the islanders and forcing them to flee on the outrigger, destroying the colony in the process.

On this day, Kit Snicket and Count Olaf died, but the former's daughter, Beatrice Baudelaire II, was born. The following year, Beatrice and her guardians abandoned the island, leaving it uninhabited.[1]


  • Decision Day could fall on January 28. The Calendar states that Kit Snicket was reported "either missing or on vacation" January 27; as the Queequeg was a VFD submarine, they likely would have some notification if it was destroyed, meaning she would quickly be reported missing. If she washed up on The Island the morning after/of the storm, she would have given birth the next day, making her death, Beatrice's birth, and Decision Day happen on January 28. However, the calendar's canonicity has been controversial, and it is also unknown exactly when she was reported missing, so this is not certain.



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