International Lefthanders Day

International Left-Handers Day
Left Handers' Day, 2001
Date 13 August
Next time 13 August 2020 (2020-08-13)
Frequency annual

International Left Handers Day is an international day observed annually on August 13 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.[1]

International Left Hander's 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 comprising seven to ten percent of the world's population.[1] The day also spread 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.[2] There are approximately 708 million left-handed people in the world. Men are more likely to be left handed than women.[3]

Further reading


  1. ^ a b "August 13 – Left Hander's Day #LeftHandersDay". Left-Handed Portal. History of Left-Hander's Day. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Left-handed people more likely to have psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia: Yale Study". Yale. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  3. ^ "The New Neuroscience of Left-Handedness". Psychology Today. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

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