As we enter the final stretch of October, it’s time to prepare for a familiar biannual ritual – changing the clocks for daylight saving time. While many people are well-acquainted with this routine, it’s always a good idea to refresh our memory on the specifics. So, which direction do we adjust our clocks this time around?
This weekend, on the night from October 28th to 29th, residents in many parts of the world will be rolling their clocks back by one hour. This shift signifies the transition from daylight saving time to standard time, effectively gifting us an additional hour of sleep. On Sunday morning, the clock hands will make their journey from 3:00 AM to 2:00 AM.
The practice of daylight saving time is not unique to any one country; it’s observed in various regions worldwide. In the European Union, this change follows a standardized schedule. The transition to standard time consistently takes place on the last Sunday of October, while the switch to daylight saving time occurs on the last Sunday of March.
This scheduling is governed by an EU directive dating back to January 2001, which lays down the regulations for time changes within the Union. This uniform approach helps streamline the transition for member states, reducing confusion and disruptions.