International Lefthanders Day 2023: Origin, Fun Facts, and More

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International Lefthanders Day

Each year on August 13th, the world comes together to celebrate International Lefthanders Day. This special occasion honours the unique traits, challenges, and contributions of left-handed individuals across the globe. Given that we are used to seeing the world from a spectrum view of right-handers. International Lefthanders Day lets you embrace your ‘Left-handed’ point of view and ways of seeing the world for a day. However, you might first want to explore the blog and find out more about its history, significance, and some interesting facts about lefties. 

When is the International Lefthanders Day 2023?

The day has been first observed and celebrated by Dean R. Campbell (Lefthanders International, Inc., Founder) in 1976. Since then, lefties around the world go on celebrating August 13th as the official International Lefthanders Day. 

What is the History of International Lefthanders Day?

Though left-handers have existed throughout history, it wasn’t until 1992 that Lefthanders International designated August 13th as a day to celebrate left-handedness. However, the day was first observed in 1976 by the Left-Handers Club, a group founded by Dean R. Campbell to increase awareness about left-handedness and provide support to left-handed people. The day gained popularity over the years, and in 1997, the Left-Handers Day Club was established to promote the celebration of left-handedness worldwide. 

How to Celebrate International Lefthanders Day?

Today, International Lefthanders Day is celebrated globally with various events and activities that highlight the contributions of left-handed individuals to society. Here are some activities you can do to make the day extra special and teach society to be more accommodating and inclusive of left-handed people:

ActivitiesHow to Make It a Fun Activity
Left-Handed Writing ChallengeTry writing with your non-dominant hand for a day. This will help you appreciate the challenges that left-handed people face every day.
Left-Handed Sports TournamentOrganise a left-handed sports tournament, such as left-handed tennis, baseball, or golf. This will be a fun way to celebrate left-handedness and showcase your skills.
Left-Handed Art ExhibitionHost an art exhibition featuring works created by left-handed artists. This will be a great way to showcase the creativity of left-handed people.
Educate a Right-handerInvite your right-handed friends and make them do a fun activity of doing things in a lefthander’s way to make them walk in your shoes. 
Left-Handed Awareness CampaignUse social media to raise awareness about left-handedness and its importance. Share stories, photos, and facts about left-handedness to help people understand the challenges that left-handed people face.

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How Leftie Are You?

Here’s a fun fact, you might be more leftie than you think you are. We often observe holding a pen as the only criterion for being a left-hander. But what if you are holding a pen in your right hand and secretly are a leftie? 

Let’s try this fun activity to check how leftie you are. You can award 1 point for each left gesture and 0 for the right and see which side of your body dominates most of your gestures. 

Test Your Lefthanders Skills 
Task 1:When you interlock your fingers, which thumb would be uppermost?
Task 2:You saw your best friend and winked at him. Which eye did you wink first?
Task 3:Raise your arm and tilt your head to touch your shoulder. Which side did you tilt?
Task 4:Fold your arm like a knot and see which arm is the uppermost.
Task 5:Twist sideways for waist stretching. Which side did you twist first?
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Lefthanders Fun Facts

By now, you may already have learnt a lot or become familiar with the geniuses of being a lefthander. However, check these additional fun facts about lefties that pique everyone’s interest:

There’s a total occupancy of 10-12% lefthanders in the world’s population.
Lefties often tend to draw figures facing towards the right side.
One has a higher probability of developing dyslexia and stuttering if forced to write from the right hand as a child. 
As per the research, lefthanders are considered more intelligent and tend towards quicker thinking, both emotionally and intellectually as compared to right-handed people.
Lefthanders have good underwater vision in comparison to right-handers.
In the group of Macintosh computer designing, 4 out of 5 designers were leftie.
Lefthanded sportspersons are advantageous in sports like baseball, swimming, tennis, and fencing.

Famous Lefthanders Across the Globe

Before you go on celebrating International Lefthanders Day in 2023, check the following list of the famous lefties across the globe you can boast about finding something common with: 

Famous LefthandersOccupation
Barack ObamaPolitician
Mark ZuckerbergBusiness Tycoon
Oprah WinfreyTV/Show Host
Albert EinsteinScientist
Hellen KellerWriter
Amitabh BachchanActor
Sachin TendulkarSports Person, Cricket

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What is the percentage of left-handed people in the world in 2023?

There are 10 to 12% of left-handed people in the world in 2023. 

How to celebrate Lefthanders Day?

You can celebrate Lefthanders Day by spreading awareness about Lefthanders on social media or among your friends and peers. You can also organise some fun activities focused on the day theme. 

When do we celebrate Lefthanders Day?

We celebrate International Lefthanders Day on August 13th every year.

This was all about the International Lefthanders Day. Join everyone on August 13th, 2023, for the cause and celebrate the power of being left-handed. Let’s elevate the discussion, raise awareness, and build a more inclusive future for all.  For more such content, stay connected with LeverageEdu!

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