Isle of Man - Tynwald Day

Description Tynwald Fair Day, held annually on old midsummer's day* in July is the Isle of Man's national day and is the occasion of the Tynwald Midsummer Court. The Members of Tynwald - the Manx parliament - meet at St John's village in the west of the Island for the ceremony, a legal requirement established by the Island's ninth century rulers.

The name comes from Thing-Vollr, the Norse for parliament field. Tynwald Court, together with the Island's senior public officer-holders, assembles on Tynwald Hill - a four tiered hill in the centre of St John's, reputed to be constructed from sods of earth from every parish. The open air sitting at Tynwald Hill dates back more than 1,000 years. During the ceremony, the Deemsters (the Isle of Man's High Court judges) promulgate Acts of Tynwald by proclaiming to the people in English and Manx Gaelic the titles of new laws which have been passed during the year. It is also an opportunity for Island residents to exercise their ancient right to present a petition for redress of grievance at the foot of Tynwald Hill, and for the swearing-in of the Island's four Coroners.

Aside from the formal proceedings, Tynwald Day has long been an occasion for the Manx people to gather and meet with friends and family at St John's. A traditional fair is still held, along with a day-long variety of entertainment including folk dancing and music, culminating with the military band performing Beat Retreat at 9pm, followed by a concert by the Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums on Tynwald Hill and a fireworks finale.

*Tynwald Day is always held on July 5th except if it falls at the weekend. Then, normally, it is moved to the following Monday. This year Tynwald Day takes place on Thursday, July 5th.

Date Sat, July 5, 2008
Repeat Type Yearly
Priority 5-Medium
Access Public
Category National Holiday*
Created by Gary Hill
Updated Wed, May 21, 2008 9:47pm GMT
Participants National Holidays
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