13 August: International Lefthanders Day
13 August was designated as the International Lefthanders Day by The Left-Handers Club. First International Lefthanders Day annual event was observed on 13 August 1992.
Objective of the Day
• The objective of this day is promotion of the awareness regarding the inconveniences faced by left-handers in a largely right-handed world.
• On this day, the uniqueness as well as differences of Lefthanders is celebrated. It is important to note that Lefthanders comprise of seven to ten percent of the world's population. Lefthanders are discriminated by a lot of people in the world.
• They are also forced to drive on right side of road as well as use right handed tools. International Lefthanders Day is meant to put an end to discrimination against the Lefthanders.
• It is very crucial to understand that this day is also targeted towards the left-handed kids. Left-handed people have greater chances of developing schizophrenia than right-handers.
History of the International Lefthanders Day
The Left-Handers Club launched the first annual event of this day on 13 August 1992. The aim of the event was to allow left-handers to celebrate their difference as well as increase the awareness of public towards advantages and disadvantages of being the lefties. The event is now celebrated across the world. In UK alone, there are more than 20 regional events for marking the day.
How is the International Lefthanders Day celebrated?
On this day activities such as, left-handed tea parties, left-v-right sports matches, pubs using left-handed corkscrews as well as pub games with the left hand only are performed.
The events like these help in creating awareness about the difficulties faced by the left-handers.
About the Left-Handers Club
Formation of the Left-Handers Club took place in the year 1990. The aim of the club was to remain in contact with left-handers and allow the members of the club to know about the developments related to them. The club helped in providing advice as well as help to them by acting as a bridge between them and the manufacturers of the products. The club promoted research in development of new left-handed items as well as development of such items.