International Left-Handers Day is a real holiday for those who see the world from a left-handed point of view. Scientists have found about 825 million lefties live on the planet. Most of these people are concentrated in Papua New Guinea – almost a quarter of their population. In the US and UK, it is 10%.
The day was first celebrated in 1976 at the initiative of Dean R. Campbell, founder of Lefthanders International, Inc. A left-handed club was created in 1990: various problems are raised here, assistance is provided, and research is being carried out. Also, members of the club are in constant search of things that simplify the life of left-handers.
International Left-Handers Day is celebrated all over the world, but special attention is paid to it in the UK. Parties, sports matches, regional festivals, etc. take place in the country.
The purpose of the holiday is to convey to people that being left-handed is normal and natural.
- In 1860, it was believed the left-hander was in a conspiracy with the devil;
- Many famous people have/had this feature, including: Barack Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Albert Einstein;
- Left-handers are prone to periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD);
- One Yale study claims left-handed people are most likely to suffer from schizophrenia and other mental disorders;
- Left-handers are 11 times more likely to have allergies;
- There are more left-handed men than women.
How to take part
Is there at least one left-hander in your circle? Or maybe you are? Throw a party and share life stories about this. Tell right-handed people that sometimes you get into awkward situations and also face misunderstanding from society.
When is International Left-Handers Day celebrated in 2023?
International Left-Handers Day is observed on August 13 each year.