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 a global observance dedicated to celebrating the uniqueness and achievements of left-handed individuals, while also raising awareness about the challenges they face in a predominantly right-handed world. This day not only serves as a platform for discussions about the experiences of left-handed people, but also aims to debunk existing biases against them. Left-handed individuals have been known for their exceptional creativity, problem-solving abilities, and unique perspectives, making significant contributions to various fields such as arts, sports, and sciences.

The idea of International Left-Handers Day originated in 1976 by US-based Left-Handers International Inc. in an attempt to promote better understanding and acceptance of left-handed individuals worldwide. In Nigeria, left-handed people are often faced with societal misconceptions that can lead to prejudiced treatment, especially since using the left hand may be considered disrespectful in certain Nigerian cultures. This observance hopes to break such misconceptions and provide spaces for left-handed Nigerians to embrace and be proud of their natural hand orientation.

Over the years, International Left-Handers Day has gained momentum in Nigeria with various activities organized to celebrate the day. Members of the left-handed community, along with their families and friends, participate in events that showcase their talents and accomplishments, aiming to foster a better understanding of left-handedness. These events also serve as a reminder to all Nigerians to be more inclusive of people with different hand preferences, encouraging a society that is considerate and accommodating of all its members. International Left-Handers Day is annually observed on August 13, joining the worldwide celebration of left-handed people and their unique qualities.

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.
  • In some cultures within Nigeria, the left hand is considered unclean or impure, as it is traditionally designated for personal hygiene tasks.
  • Some prominent left-handed Nigerians who have left their mark include Nwankwo Kanu, a former Nigerian national soccer team captain, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a renowned Nigerian author.

Top things to do in Nigeria 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 online for any left-handed competitions or games that might be happening in your local area. It's a fun way to embrace being left-handed and meet other left-handed people in Nigeria.
  • Show your support for left-handed individuals by purchasing products and services from businesses run by left-handed entrepreneurs. This could be a way for the community to come together and celebrate their uniqueness.

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