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Daylight Saving Time (DST) rules

Clock changes - a brief introduction

Easy to remember: 'Spring forward, fall back'

'Daylight Saving Time', DST for short, is a pretty new acquisition in the vocabulary of time-measurement. Clock changes can be considered a symbol of a profound change in society, from predominantly rural to urban and industrialized.

A little more than a hundred years old, DST (read the story here ) is not a universal norm though.

The decision to adopt, observe or abolish Daylight Saving Time is taken by the government of a country, sometimes at short notice. In certain cases the rules are slightly adjusted, in others a major change is put forward to be debated and decided upon, as is the case of EU Summer Time. (The results of the public consultation and the proposed timetable here )

USA, a multiple time-zone country , has seen some states trying to be exempted from the current rule. Florida is one example. You can have the picture in full on a comprehensive website , with news on the legislative process necessary to make any change possible.

For the time being, all the countries in the European Union (EU) and a few others in Europe change their clocks on the same date and at the same time, according to EU current Summer Time rules .

In the United States and Canada, there is as well a set of rules , accompanied by some exceptions.

Note: as future changes are always possible, do let us know if we missed anything in what is never a stagnant world.

In English, and in American English in particular, there is a phrase that makes it easier to remember when to put the clocks back or forward by one hour. "Spring forward, fall back". The phrase is a pun and was coined on the basis of two seasons: spring and fall (autumn in UK). The verbal aid has been rendered a bit obsolete by digital clocks and devices.

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