Photograph ©2023 by Brian Cohen.

Watch Out: Daylight Saving Time 2023 Starts Overnight

Spring your clocks ahead by one hour.

If you have a flight tomorrow departing from most locations within the United States and Canada, remember that clocks, watches, and portable electronic devices which keep time jump ahead — or “spring forward” — one hour due to Daylight Saving Time, meaning that you will lose an hour at 2:00 in the morning on Sunday, March 12, 2023…

Watch Out: Daylight Saving Time 2023 Starts Overnight

…and if you are traveling between North America and Europe in the month of March, pay extra attention to the time in both locations: Daylight Saving Time in most countries in Europe begins on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 1:00 in the morning.

Although Daylight Saving Time is prevalent in most of North America and Europe, few countries outside of those two continents observe the annual ritual of moving clocks ahead one hour; and the countries which do observe Daylight Saving Time do not always align to observe it on the same day, which — in addition to the strangest time zones — can further cause havoc on travelers.

When I was in South Africa towards the end of February of 2015 — during summer in the southern hemisphere — I wondered why the sun rose just before 6:00 in the morning and set at approximately 6:40 in the evening instead of later. It is because South Africa is like many other countries outside of North America and Europe: Daylight Saving Time is not observed.

Speaking of Africa, did you know that there is a hotel in Madagascar which has its own time zone?

Time difference >

Madagascar: GMT + 3 hours
A time peculiar to Anjajavy the lodge was created so that we are better adjusted to the natural cycles of the reserve and the village.
Therefore, at 5 pm lemurs naturally join us in the Oasis garden to take advantage the foliage. It is fresh hour, right in time for the “5 O’clock tea”.
Anjajavy the lodge: GMT + 4 hours

Final Boarding Call

I do not suffer from jet lag; so changes in time zones — coupled with Daylight Saving Time — do not bother me. I wish I could say the same for my one stint in southern Indiana years ago when I thought I arrived at an appointment 15 minutes early but instead wound up being 45 minutes late.

Another reason I would like to spend overnight at the South Pole is to experience what being in all time zones simultaneously would be like — as well as facing north no matter which direction I was looking.

Anyway, I hope that the lost hour does not cause problems for you — hopefully you will not miss your next flight — but do not fret: you will get that hour back on Sunday, November 5, 2023; and in most countries in Europe, that hour returns a week sooner on Sunday, October 29, 2023.

Asked in this article — which was published on Thursday, March 17, 2022 here at The Gate With Brian Cohen — should:

  • Daylight Saving Time be implemented permanently and in effect all year round?
  • The current system remain intact?
  • Daylight Saving Time be eliminated altogether?

Which would you prefer?

Photograph ©2023 by Brian Cohen.

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