International Left-Handers Day

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2024 Date13 August 2024
2025 Date13 August 2025

International Left-Handers Day

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International Left-Handers Day History

International Left-Handers Day is dedicated to celebrating left-handed people worldwide. In India, the day aims to raise awareness about the strengths, talents, and challenges faced by left-handed individuals. The celebration of International Left-Handers Day in India is important as it helps to foster inclusivity and acceptance for left-handed individuals who may face challenges in a world that is not always designed for them. It also helps to raise awareness of the unique strengths and talents of left-handed individuals, encouraging greater recognition and appreciation for their contributions to society.

The origins of International Left-Handers Day date back to 1976 when the Left-Handers International Day was first observed to highlight the difficulties faced by left-handed individuals in the predominantly right-handed world. Over the years, the day has evolved to become a celebration of left-handedness and to recognize the contributions of left-handed people to various fields, including science, arts, and entertainment.

In India, the day is celebrated by organizing events, competitions, and workshops to educate people about left-handedness and promote the use of left-handed tools and equipment. This includes the use of left-handed scissors, pens, and other writing tools that are designed specifically for left-handed individuals. International Left-Handers Day is observed annually on August 13th.

International Left-Handers Day facts

  • The Spaniard Rafael Nadal is perhaps the best Left-Handed tennis player of all time. As of 2019, he has won 18 Grand Slams. This is two tittles less than the all time record, which is owned by Roger Federer.
  • India is one of the countries with the lowest percentage of left-handed people, with a 2017 study published in the journal Psychological Research citing only 10% of the Indian population as being left-handed.
  • Left-handedness in India also has its share of superstitions. It is often considered inauspicious to give or receive anything using the left hand, especially in religious and social contexts.

Top things to do in India for International Left-Handers Day

  • Attempt to use only your left hand while writing today. If typing or navigating on a computer, use the mouse with your left hand.
  • Look around you and notice how many people you know are left-handed.
  • Check out stores that specialize in products for left-handers or purchase online. Gift left-handed friends or family members specialized items such as scissors, notebooks, or pens designed for their comfort and ease-of-use.
  • Talk to friends, family members, colleagues, or classmates about the unique qualities and challenges of being left-handed, in order to increase awareness and understanding.

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