The time has finally arrived; it’s the moment that we’ve all been waiting for! Okay, maybe this isn’t exactly the event we’ve been early anticipating since snow first touched the ground, but it means we’re getting closer. Daylight Saving will be starting on Sunday morning at 2 am.
DST is that special time of the year where we get out step ladders and car manuals to set the clocks one hour ahead. You probably already know that when Daylight Saving Time starts, the sun will rise and set one hour earlier than the previous day, but here a few fun facts that you may have not already heard:
While out on an early morning horseback ride in London, Willett came up with an idea that would allow more people to enjoy the sunlight. He spent much of his lifetime and personal wealth, advocating that the United Kingdom move clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October. Sadly, he never saw his idea come to fruition.
- Germany was the first country to observe Daylight Saving Time
On April 30, 1916, Germany embraced the idea of daylight saving to conserve energy. Weeks later, the United Kingdom followed suit and “summer hours” were born.
- Daylight Saving Time was never supposed to benefit formers, contrary to popular belief
Many people assume that farmers were strongly in favor of Daylight Saving Time when it was just the opposite. The agriculture culture was very opposed to the time switch when it was implemented in 1918. The sun, not the clock – dictated farmers’ schedules, so Daylight Saving Time was actually quite disruptive. After the time change, farmers had to wait an extra hour for the dew to evaporate, hired hands worked an hour less and it was too early to milk the cows. Over the past few decades, stores and recreational businesses have been the true champions of DST.
Although most of us change our clocks twice a year, Daylight Saving Time is not observed by Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation,) Hawaii, Puerto Rice or the Virgin Islands. Worldwide, only approximately one quarter or 70 percent of countries observe DST.
People all across the America seem to either love or hate the observance of Daylight Saving Time. How do you feel about the time change? If given a choice, would you do away with the practice?
We may not be looking forward to less sleep, but here at Lions Pride, we are looking forward to the extra hour of sunlight. Remember, spring is right around the corner – don’t forget to enjoy the time change!