Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Isle of Man - Tynwald Day

Tynwald Day at Tynwald Hill on 5th July.

Sent by Emma from Isle of Man.

Note :
Too bad there's a torn part on the postcard. Luckily, it didn't happen on the subject-matter.

This is from Wikipedia : Tynwald Day (Manx: Laa Tinvaal) is the National Day of the Isle of Man, usually occurring on 5 July.

On this day the Isle's legislature, Tynwald, meets at St John's, instead of its usual meeting place, Douglas. The session is held partly in the Royal Chapel of St John the Baptist and partly in the open air on the adjacent Tynwald Hill (an artificial mound). The meeting, the first recorded instance of which dates to 1417, is known as Midsummer Court. It is attended by members of the two branches of Tynwald: the House of Keys, and the Legislative Council. The Lieutenant Governor, the representative of the Lord of Mann, presides except on the occasions when the Lord or another member of the British Royal Family is present.

All bills that have received the Royal Assent are promulgated on Tynwald Day; any Act of Tynwald which is not so promulgated within 18 months of passage ceases to have effect. Other proceedings include the presentation of petitions and the swearing in of certain public officials.

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