Today is International Lefthanders Day – a day that celebrates the uniqueness and differences of lefties around the world.
This special occasion was first observed on the 13th of August, 1976. The purpose of this initiative was to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world.
While it had been observed on August 13 of each year by many lefthanders since 1976, Left-handers Day was declared by the Left-Hander's Day Club on August 13, 1996.
Left-handers Day is now celebrated world-wide. Reportedly, in the United Kingdom alone, there have been over 20 events that mark this celebration. These events include celebrating a left-hander's creativity, adaptability and athleticism.
How to celebrate International Lefthanders Day
Lefthandersday.com has compiled a list of activities one can do to celebrate this unique day.
"The idea of Left-Handers Day is of everyone to celebrate in fun, practical ways, making right handed family members / friends / colleagues realise how 'dexterous' (right-handed term, hmm...) we have to be because we are constantly adapting a right-handed world to work for a left-hander," states the website.
"Getting right-handers to do everything left-handed for the day is a great way to make the point!"
** Please remember any children taking part in the above activities must be supervised by an adult at all times. **
Try carrying out some of the following regular activities, but using your left hand.
Left-handedness runs in the British royal family as well. The Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William are and were all lefties. Other notable lefties include Jimi Hendrix, Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon Bonaparte, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and Barack Obama.