International Left Handers Day

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International Left Handers Day around the world in 2021

About International Left Handers Day

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Dates of International Left Handers Day
2022 InternationalAug 13
International Sat, Aug 13Observances Holiday
2021 InternationalAug 13
International Fri, Aug 13Observances Holiday
2020 InternationalAug 13
International Thu, Aug 13Observances Holiday
2019 InternationalAug 13
International Tue, Aug 13Observances Holiday
Summary
Studies suggest that approximately 10% of the world population is left-handed.

This day is celebrated to highlight those of us who live in a right-handed world, where using simple tools like scissors and can openers are awkward for nearly 10% of people.

Notable people who are lefties include Barack Obama, Prince William and Whoopi Goldberg.

International Left-Handers Day is observed annually on August 13th to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left-handers. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. International Left-Handers Day was created to celebrate sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed people’s uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprised of seven to ten per cent of the world's population. The day also spreads awareness on issues faced by left-handers e.g. the importance of the special needs for left-handed children, and the likelihood for left-handers to develop schizophrenia. There are approximately 708 million left-handed people in the world. Men are more likely to be left-handed than women.

If you’re in the UK on the 13th, the Left-handers Club sponsors members-only areas called “Lefty Zones."

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