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 is an observance that seeks to celebrate left-handed individuals and raise awareness of the unique challenges they face in a predominantly right-handed world. The day aims to inform society of the benefits and advantages of being a left-handed person, as well as address the need for specialized products and facilities tailored for left-handed users.

The annual event was first observed in 1976 and has since gained significant traction worldwide. In South Africa, International Left-Handers Day resonates with the country's commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity for all its citizens. According to some studies, around 10% of the South African population is left-handed. These individuals often face daily challenges that include using tools, writing, and even cooking. Recognition of the day serves to emphasize the importance of providing educational and occupational support, as well as addressing the accessibility and availability of left-handed resources, for South African left-handers to better navigate their environment.

International Left-Handers Day is observed in South Africa through various means, including social media campaigns, local events, and activities focused on raising awareness about the unique needs and advantages of left-handed individuals. Many South Africans use this day to demonstrate their support to their left-handed family members, friends, and colleagues, as well as to promote awareness and advocacy for the required resources. International Left-Handers Day occurs annually on the 13th of August, presenting an opportunity for South Africa and other participating countries to come together in support and recognition of left-handed individuals.

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 traditional South African cultures, left-handedness was historically seen as a sign of bad luck or being evil.
  • In sports, left-handers are often considered advantageous in some disciplines such as cricket, tennis, and boxing, as they can exploit the natural tendencies of predominantly right-handed opponents.

Top things to do in South Africa 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.
  • Attend a local art exhibition or museum that showcases work from famous left-handed artists such as Leonardo da Vinci or Pablo Picasso.
  • Visit a local stationery or sports shop that offers left-handed products like notebooks, scissors, or sports equipment, and treat yourself to something new.

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