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Tynwald Day Ceremony

Each year on Tynwald Day, which is usually celebrated on July 5th, Tynwald Court participates at the Tynwald Day Ceremony at St John's. 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, the members of Tynwald return to the Royal Chapel where a formal sitting of Tynwald takes place, on this occasion presided over by the Lieutenant Governor.


Two aspects of the Tynwald Day Ceremony are of particular contemporary parliamentary significance. First, by statute, each Act of Tynwald must be promulgated on Tynwald Hill within eighteen months of enactment or it ceases to have effect.
Promulgation of the Acts takes place on Tynwald Day and the promulgation is certified at the sitting of Tynwald at St John's. Secondly, any person may approach Tynwald Hill on Tynwald Day and present a Petition for Redress. If the Petition is in accordance with the Standing Orders of Tynwald, any Member of Tynwald may subsequently request Tynwald to consider the substance of the petition. Grievances are indeed redressed by this simple but ancient procedure which can lead directly to the enactment of legislation.