Even simple chores like using a pair of scissors or using the ATM is inconvenient for most left-handers. Therefore, it's only fitting that a day is set aside for their tribe, which includes Isaac Newton, Pablo Picasso, Rafa Nadal and Sourav Ganguly, among many others.
International Left-handers Day is celebrated every year on August 13 to recognise the differences and uniqueness of left-handed individuals in our society. Most of us have grown up around right-handed people. Some of us have even been taught that using our left hand to carry out a few essential tasks like eating is disrespectful. Consequently, left-handed individuals often find themselves in an awkward situation in a world that is predominantly right-handed.
Left-handers are often ignored when it comes to aspects of design and technology that are tuned to suit the requirements of the right-handed majority. Even simple chores like using a pair of scissors or using the ATM is inconvenient for most left-handers. Therefore, it only seems fitting that a day is set aside to celebrate the uniqueness of left-handers.
International Left-Handers Day was first observed in 1976 by the Founder of Left-Handers International, Dean R Campbell, in the United States. The Left Handers Club launched International Left-Handers Day on August 13, 1992. The purpose for celebrating International Left-Handers Day is to spread awareness about sinistrality —the medical term for left-handedness. On this day, left-handers are assured that having a dominant left hand is absolutely normal.
Left-handedness should be recognised as a unique strength instead of an oddity. This day is very significant as it spreads awareness about the importance of appreciating left-handed persons across the globe. This ensures that the historical biases against the left-handers are corrected, and the world is made as comfortable for left-handed persons as it is for their right-handers.