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Tynwald Ceremony

The Isle of Man, located off the coast of England in the Irish Sea, was once the property of the Vikings. It was here that they established their custom of holding an open-air court for the settling of disputes and the passing of laws. Today, the Tynwald Ceremony—whose name comes from the Norse Thing vollr, meaning a fenced open parliament—is held at St. John's on Tynwald Hill on July 5, when the Lieutenant-Governor reads a brief summary of every bill that has been passed during the year—first in English, and then in Manx, the old language of the island. More...
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Tynwald Ceremony
The Isle of Man, located off the coast of England in the Irish Sea, was once the property of the Vikings. It was here that they established their custom of holding an open-air court for the settling of disputes and the passing of laws. Today, the Tynwald Ceremony—whose name comes from the Norse Thing vollr, meaning a fenced open parliament—is held at St. John's on Tynwald Hill on July 5, when the Lieutenant-Governor reads a brief summary of every bill that has been passed during the year—first in English, and then in Manx, the old language of the island.
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The monks who got to write English history were quite understandably biased against Vikings and gave them a bad press - but if you look at it dispassionately, the Norse were setting up parliaments or civic assemblies at a time when elsewhere kings and emperors expected to rule with absolute power.
Some still survive as parliaments, eg in Iceland (Þingvellir), IOM (Tynwald), others just in place names that can be found all over areas they settled in Britain -eg Scotland (Dingwall), Shetland (Tingwall), Orkneys (Tingwall), The Wirral (Thingwall)

Flag of the Tynwald



So be a rebel and celebrate the Viking contribution to law and democracy. Whistle

As the motto of the Shetland Islands goes: Með lögum skal land byggja

With law shall the country be built

(also the motto of the Icelandic police, but that comes a bit later!)
The full proverb is með lögum skal land byggja en með ólögum eyða - with laws a land is built, but without laws destroyed.

[Someone should tell the IOM that doesn't mean tax shelter laws! Shame on you ]

But Greetings to The Isle of Man on their national day.





IOM Today wrote:

Today is our National Day.

The island’s politicians will gather in St John’s for the annual open-air event at which new laws are promulgated.

It’s also a chance for people to present a petition for redress of grievance to the court when they see shortcomings in the law.

They aren’t always taken up by politicians but it is an opportunity to publicise causes or perceived injustices.

The ceremony begins officially around 9.45am when the participants in the parade assemble at St John’s School ready to march up to line the processional way.

The Lieutenant Governor arrives just after 10.30am and receives the Royal Salute and inspects the Guard of Honour before laying a wreath on the War Memorial.

The service in St John’s Chapel begins at 11am following the Order of Service.

Following the service the outdoor part of the ceremony begins with processions to Tynwald Hill

During the ceremony on the Hill the Acts are promulgated,

Coroners are sworn in and there is an opportunity to present Petitions for Redress.

Those assembled then process back to the church for a sitting of Tynwald, during which the Acts are captioned and the Tynwald Honour will be presented to the founder of Beach Buddies, Bill Dale BEM.



But also lots of crafts, music, culture, dance - any way you can have a good time.


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Tynwald Day
- Tynwald Day at St JohnsEach year on Tynwald Day, which is usually celebrated on July 5th, Tynwald Court participates at the Tynwald Day - Ceremony at St John's. If Tynwald Day occurs on a Saturday or Sunday, the ceremony is normally held on the following Monday.
- After a religious service in the Royal Chapel, the members of Tynwald process to Tynwald Hill, one of the ancient open-air sites of Tynwald.
- Following the proceedings on Tynwald Hill, presided over by the Lieutenant Governor, the members of Tynwald return to the Royal Chapel where a formal sitting of Tynwald takes place.



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http://www.tynwald.org.im/about/tynday/Pages/default.aspx
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