International Lefthanders Day 2021; Here’s the history and Significance

International Lefthanders Day is annually celebrated on 13 August. It is a day to highlight the uniqueness of people who use their left hand more than the right to perform their day-to-day activities. 

Prominent personalities like PM of India Narendra Modi, the founder of Facebook, Zuckerberg, pop singers Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Apple founder Steve Jobs, etc are left-handers.

According to research from Oxford University, scientists have come to the conclusion that the brain functions differently for a left-handed person than for a right-handed one. The day is now celebrated worldwide, with around 20 events taking place in the United Kingdom alone. 

History

International Lefthanders Day was first observed by Dean R Campbell in 1976 to bring to notice everyday issues that lefties face. He was the founder of Left-Handers International Inc and since then the day has been celebrated every year. The day is set aside to celebrate sinistrality — the medical term for left-handedness — and the strength of having a dominant left hand. Recognizing it to be a unique strength instead of an oddity, the day celebrates the left-handers while acknowledging the challenges.

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Significance

It is said that 13% of people in the world are lefties with a better memory than righties. In India, Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth, and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar are part of the tribe. While being left-handed may look attractive now, for a long time, left-handers across the world were considered to be sinister and linked to evil due to this trait.

Left-handers are likely to have better verbal skills than their right-handed counterparts, according to a 2019 study by Oxford University. The basis of this conclusion was a discovery by the researchers. The left and right hemispheres of brains of left-handed individuals had better coordination in regions involving the use of language.

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