The Isle of Man: Tynwald Day

The Isle of Man is, without a doubt, my favourite place in the world. I am born and bred Manx, and I'll always be proud of where I come from.

Today, July 5th, is traditionally Tynwald Day on the Isle of Man - the National Day of the Island.
On this day the Isle's legislature, Tynwald (the oldest continuous parliament in the world), meets at St. John's - partly in the Royal Chapel of St. John the Baptist and partly on Tynwald Hill, an artificial mound adjacent to the chapel, known in Manx as Cronk-y-Keeillown and said to include soil from all 17 of the Island's parishes.
Tynwald Hill
Tynwald Day is the only day of the year when parliament is held in the open air and all laws are promulgated. It is also when the public get the chance to lobby the law makers by presenting petitions.

The first recorded Tynwald Day happened in 1417 and is attended by members of the two branches of Tynwald: The House of Keys, and the Legislative Council. It is presided by The Lieutenant Governor, the representative of the Lord of Mann, unless the Lord (Queen Elizabeth II) or another member of the British Royal Family is present. In 2000 it was presided by HRH The Prince of Wales, and in 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II.
Manx Dancing
Tynwald day is also marked with a fair and market, as well as performances and a Ceilidh. The Ceilidh is my favourite part of Tynwald Day! As well as the small matter of Tynwald Day being a bank holiday for the Island...that I also like!

Since 2000, the week of Tynwald Day has been commemorated as Manx National Week, with lots going on throughout the whole Island.
Marching Band
These pictures are from Tynwald Day 2009, as alas I haven't been able to attend whilst living in the UK but I am determined to make it home next year! The atmosphere at Tynwald Day is so wonderful, with everyone joining in with the celebrations, just thinking about it makes me yearn for home!

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