Int’l Left Handers Day celebrated


Yesterday was the International Left Handers Day, and people around the world celebrated the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. In Nepal, the Handedness Project organised a gathering at Nepal Communitere, Pulchowk to mark the same spirit.

Over two dozens of people participated in various games like throwing a ball, tumbling down a cup pyramid, writing, eating and others, but all using their left hands. During the infotaining program, right-handed participants were asked to use their left hands, while left-handed participants were allowed to use their dominant left hands.

“It was their day after all,” says Alfa M. Shakya, the brainchild of the project.

The Handedness Project is a personal project by Shakya, and the project believes that there are no wrong hands. Handedness is a scientifically proven to be natural. Shakya explains, “If left hand is dominant on someone, it does not mean that s/he is using a wrong hand.”

International Left Handers Day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Cempbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. The day is observed annually on August 13 to celebrate the uniqueness and differences of the left handers. The day was created to raise awareness on the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a world surrounded by right-handed people.


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