Parliament president keen to assert national identity
Tynwald day is a time for the Isle of Man to assert it's national identity, and existence as a separate nation, so says the parliament's president Steve Rodan.
The public holiday takes place this Wednesday (5 July) at the historic Tynwald hill in St John's, where members of a system of representative assembly have met for a thousand years.
Mr Rodan says the use of the Manx language in proceedings is a crucial part of the day, and a key way of establishing the Island's image to the outside world.
He says the ceremony is unique, and something Islanders should be proud of: