Happy International Left Handers Day! Every year on August 13th we southpaws get our very own designated day to celebrate being left handed. This annual event is also meant to help raise awareness of the troubles that left handed people experience with living in a right-hand centric world.
So the idea is that we have an excuse to get drunk and have a whinge at righties? Well, not quite.
Special events are usually set up around the world, such as ‘left handed zones’ where everyone is encouraged to use their left hands to perform tasks. These special areas might only include left handed tools and utensils in order to force people into finding out what it’s like being a southpaw in a right handed world.
All too often left handed people are overlooked by designers and developers. It is also hoped that through participating in this day we can raise awareness of the need for ambidextrous product designs.
Here’s my (selfish) suggestion for this yearly event. Every year on August 13th guitar stores worldwide should have a sale where only the left handed models are discounted. Do it. Do it.
Are you planning on celebrating International Left Handers’ Day? Leave a comment below!