Happy National Left Handers Day 2023

National Left Handers Day

Happy National Left Handers Day 2023! Did you know that every year on August 13th we southpaws get our very own designated day to celebrate our ‘gift’?

International Left Handers Day is also meant to help raise awareness of the troubles that lefty people experience with living in a world designed primarily for right-handed people.

Scissors, spiral notebooks, smudged ink, no one else can enjoy the awesome graphic on your favorite coffee mug – the lefty struggle is real! This day is a chance for right handed people (who most likely aren’t aware of these issues!) to experience it for themselves.

So the idea is that we have an excuse to get drunk and have a moan about how easy righties have it? Well, not quite – read on to discover what this special day is all about.

National Left Handers Day 2023

When Is National Left Handers Day?

National Left Handers Day is held on Sunday, August 13th 2023. It was first celebrated back in 1976, and has been an annual event ever since.

What Do You Do On Left Handers Day?

Special events are usually set up around the world, such as designated ‘left handed zones‘ where righties are encouraged to use their non-dominant hand to perform simple tasks. 

These special areas might only include lefty tools and utensils in order to force people into finding out what it’s like being a southpaw in a right handed world. Because let’s face it, sometimes it’s a bit of a pain in the rear! Check out the video below…

All too often we lefties are overlooked by designers and developers. We do only make up 12% of the population to be fair! However, it is hoped that through participating in this day we can raise awareness of the need for ambidextrous product designs.

Fun Fact: Did you know that some people are actually scared of left handed things? Check out my article on Sinistrophobia!

If you can’t attend an event, why not take one of your lefty friends out for lunch or a coffee?

Or if you’re right handed, spend the day trying to perform tasks with your non-dominant hand to get a small taste of what it is like. Examples might be using the computer mouse or trackpad with your left hand, or if you need to use scissors, see how useless they become when held in your non-dominant hand.

Join In On Social Media With #LeftHandersDay

You can also take part in national left-handed day on social media using the #LeftHandersDay hashtag.

Share your lefty-centric photos and videos with other southpaws around the world. Or if you have nothing to hand, you can just share this article or the handy graphic below!

Left Handers Day Poster To Print

Get your friends, family, and colleagues involved by printing out our left handers day poster. Or why not share it on social media to help spread the word about this special day!

Left Handers Day Poster

If you’d prefer to print this out click here to download a larger version of the lefthanders day poster (opens in a new window).

National Left Handed Day Sales!

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.

international left handed day sale

And while you’re at it, how about also rocking some awesome sales on National Guitar Day?

Are you planning on celebrating National Left Handed Day 2023?

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Take Up Left Handed Guitar!

If you’re reading this article then chances are that you are left handed. So, If you don’t already play, why not let me help you get started with left handed guitar? Check out my free in-depth Beginner Guide to learn everything you need to know!

And before you leave, make sure to let your friends know about National Left Handers Day 2023 by sharing this post with them on social media!

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