International Lefthanders Day

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International Lefthanders Day
Left Handers' Day, 2001
Date 13 August
Next time 13 August 2017 (2017-08-13)
Frequency annual

August 13 is designated International Lefthanders Day by lefthanders International. It was first observed on the 13th of August, in the year 1976.[1] As the name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences faced by 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 in today's society have to adapt to use right handed tools and objects.

There’s also a more serious side to the day, which spreads awareness about the special needs of left-handed kids. Also, left-handed people may be more likely to develop schizophrenia because of their enhanced creativity and imagination.[2]


While it had been observed on Aug. 13 of each year by many lefthanders since 1976, Left-handers Day was declared by the Left-Hander's Day Club on August 13, 1997.[3] It was made to annually celebrate certain people's sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.[4]

Global awareness[edit]

Lefthanders 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. ^ "International Lefthanders Day". Cute Calendar. Retrieved 13 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Left-handed people more likely to have psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia: Yale Study". Yale. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "August 13 – Left Hander's Day #LeftHandersDay". Left-Handed Portal. History of Left-Hander's Day. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Left-Hander's Day". Punchbowl. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

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