International Lefthanders Day 2023: Date, Interesting Facts, Significance, History

International Lefthanders Day 2023 is observed all over the world on Sunday, 13th of August. The special day raises awareness of the left handed people and the struggle they have to face in their daily life. Being a lefthander brings a challenge in performing day-to-day activities that a right-handed person can do without any effort. International Lefthanders Day is also about honoring the lefthanders out there who through their efforts overcome these difficulties.

International Lefthanders Day 2023 Date

Below mentioned are the upcoming dates for International Lefthanders Day 2023 for the next 5 years.

International Lefthanders Day 2023August 13, 2023Sunday
International Lefthanders Day 2024August 13, 2024Tuesday
International Lefthanders Day 2025August 13, 2025Wednesday
International Lefthanders Day 2026August 13, 2026Thursday
International Lefthanders Day 2027August 13, 2027Friday

International Lefthanders Day 2023 Overview

EventInternational Lefthanders Day 2023
DateAugust 13, 2023
Observed byInternational observation
PurposeTo raise awareness of the issues faced by left-handed people and to honor their efforts to in fighting the daily struggle.

Being a lefthander vs Being a right-hander

Being a lefthander adds uniqueness to your personality as most people you see around are right handed. However, with the uniqueness also comes a certain challenge that only a left handed person could understand. Since majority population is right handed, all devices are made according to their convenience and left handed people face difficulty in using it. In addition to this, left-handed people are also more prone to certain health problems and the likelihood to develop schizophrenia.

But being a lefthander is not all about problems and overcoming them. Left-handed people have an advantage in sports like baseball, tennis, fencing, cricket, boxing, etc where reading a right-handed opponent will be much easier than a left-handed opponent. A left-handed person also enjoys distinctiveness as there are only 10% people in the world who are lefthander.

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Interesting facts about left-handed people

Check out some interesting facts about left-handed people that you might not know:

  1. Left-handed people only make up 10 to 12% of the world’s total population.
  2. They have more probability to get allergies, migraines and suffer from sleep deprivation.
  3. Lefthanders mostly use the right side of their brain.
  4. Believed earlier to have higher IQs, a 2010 study about left-handed people suggests the exact opposite.
  5. Left-handed people are more likely to be male.
  6. Lefthanders are better at multi-tasking than right-handers.
  7. The average life span of a left-handed person is 9 years less than right-handed persons.
  8. Left-handed people recover faster from strokes as compared to right-handers.
  9. Of the 9 recent U.S Presidents, 5 were left handed, including Barack Obama, Bill Clinton
  10. A number of celebrities including Justin Bieber, Bruce Willis, Julia Roberts, Keanu Reeves, Nicole Kidman, etc. are lefthanders.

Significance of International Lefthanders Day

As we already know the struggles of the left-handed people, it is time to celebrate their uniqueness and praise their efforts to overcome the challenges they face on day-to-day basis. International Lefthanders Day provides an opportunity “to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of left-handed individuals.”

History of International Lefthanders Day Observation

To celebrate their uniqueness and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world, observation of International Lefthanders Day was adopted. The day was first celebrated by Dean R. Campbell, founder of Lefthanders International Inc in 1976.

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International Lefthanders Day celebration

International Lefthanders Day provides a perfect occasion to the left-handed peopleto be proud and celebrate their uniqueness. There are many ways to observe this day. You can take this day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the daily struggles faced by a lefthander in a world designed as per the convenience of right-handers.

If you know any friends who are left-handed, get to know about their struggles and efforts. You can throw a fun party for your friends and challenge them to perform simple activities using their left hand. Share with your friends the struggles of left-handed people you know and ask them to do the same.


The world observes Left Handers Day on August 13. On this day, we celebrate the uniqueness of Left Handers around the world.

International Left Handers Day was observed for the first time by Dean R. Campbell in 1976. Dean R. Campbell was the founder of Lefthanders International, Inc.

The day also spreads awareness of advantages and disadvantages of being a left-handed individual.


Is there any theme for celebrating International Lefthanders Day 2023?

There will be no theme for celebrating International Lefthanders Day just like any other year.The day simple celebrates the uniqueness of left-handed people in the right-handed world.

Are left-handed people called southpaw?

Although some people might use the tem southpaw to describe left-handed people but actually it used to describe a left-handed boxer or pitcher.

When was the first International Lefthanders Day celebrates?

The first International Lefthanders Daywas observed in 1976. Dean R. Campbell, founder of Lefthanders International Inc was the one to start this observance.

What percentage of the world is left-handed 2023

Around 12%

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