daylight saving time

Daylight Saving Time

Every year, parts of the world join in a two-step dance with time. What does this mean? It means in spring they turn the clocks forward one hour and in fall they turn their clocks back again.

Why the crazy clock dance? It’s called Daylight Saving Time and the tradition dates back to the late 1800’s/early 1900’s when it was proposed as a way to conserve energy consumption and make the most of the valuable daylight in the summer months. Over the years, there have been many fluctuations in the amount of time allotted to the change (anywhere from 30 to 80 minutes) and the chosen dates for changing the clocks.

And here’s where it gets really tricky: not every country (or in some cases not even an entire country) participates, and those that do often do it on different days or even, depending on the hemisphere, different months. Confusing? Yes. But all you really need to remember is this: spring forward and fall back. Oh and one more thing. There’s a sweet bonus that comes around every fall –– one blissful extra hour of sleep.

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