Spring forward…

American Culture 12 March 2010 | 4 Comments

It’s that time of year to Spring forward! What does that mean? It means that in the USA and many other countries, time will move one hour forward on March 14th, Sunday morning at 2am. It’s called Daylight Savings Time (DST).

It starts every year on the 2nd Sunday of March and it ends every year on the first Sunday in November at 2am, which it reverts to standard time. When we change in November, we say we: “Fall back.”

There are 2 states that don’t observe Daylight Savings Time in the US and one province in Canada. The states are: Hawaii and Arizona. Also, these US territories don’t observe it: American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands. The Canadian province is Saskatchewan – most of the province does not follow Daylight Savings Time.

Why do we have Daylight Savings Time? Why do we change our clocks 2 times a year? Because it saves electricity. It gives us an extra hour of sunlight. This means we don’t need to use lights in our house, as much during this extra hour. Also, the government says that it prevents car accidents. There are fewer accidents in the daylight.

In 2007 they increased Daylight Savings Time by 1 month, this way we can save even more electricity.

So, if you ever hear someone say: “Spring forward, and Fall back,” now you know what they are talking about.

4 Responses on “Spring forward…”

  1. Tatia_Kova says:

    never heard “Spring forward, and Fall back” but I think it’s very interesting phrases in such context=))

  2. Yvonne says:

    It is. A nice play on words. Using double meanings of Spring and Fall. Thanks for reading it! I’ll see you on Twitter.

  3. Gyuseong jeong says:

    It’s interesting culture. In Korea we don’t have daylight savings time. I want it!! Haha

  4. Yvonne says:

    It was hard the first few days, but it is nice having more sun in the evening. Thanks for stopping by!

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