International Lefthanders Day

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International Lefthanders Day
Left Handers' Day, 2002
Date 13 August
Next time 13 August 2014 (2014-08-13)
Frequency annual

August 13 is designated International Lefthanders Day by Lefthanders International. It was first observed on the 13th of August, 1976. As the name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and differences, who are from seven to ten percent of the world's population. Thousands of left-handed people are discriminated in today's society, are forced to use right handed tools, drive on the right side of the road and even get harassed. International Lefthanders Day is made to end this discrimination.

There’s also a more serious side to the day, which spreads awareness about the special needs of left-handed kids. Also, left-handers are far more likely to develop schizophrenia than right-handers, for reasons not well understood.


Left-handers Day was declared by the Left-Hander's Day Club on August 13, 1996.[1] It was made to annually celebrate certain people's sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.[2]

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Left-handers Day is now celebrated world-wide. In fact, in the United Kingdom alone, there have been over 20 events that mark this celebration. These events include celebrating a left-hander's creativity, adaptability and athleticism.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Left-Handers Day - History and How to Celebrate". Left-Handed Portal. History of Left-Hander's Day. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Left-Hander's Day". Punchbowl. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

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