Friday is Tynwald Day, the Manx National Day which falls on 5th July each year. Tynwald being derived from the Old Norse word for meeting place in the field.
The High Court of Tynwald is the legislative body of the Isle of Man and is the longest-running, continuous parliamentary body in the world. It seems that Iceland would have qualified except for a break during WW2.
Tynwald meets annually in an open air ceremony at Tynwald Hill in St Johns, just up the road from here. The Lieutenant Governor presides and the laws are promulgated by the Deemster (judge). If an Act of Tynwald is not promulgated at St Johns within 18 months of passage it becomes null and void.
These days islanders and visitors gather at the fairfield at Tynwald Hill amidst the fair tents and flags to meet up with each other, watch the spectacle of the open air ceremony, hear the laws proclaimed and to petition, protest and air grievances, albeit in a controlled process.
The event is full of food, drink, various stalls and entertainment and is usually a fun day out.
I shall miss it this year as I am volunteering in the gift shop but I am sure a good time will be had by all.