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GK of the Day: What is Daylight Saving Time?

GK of the Day: What is Daylight Saving Time?

The rationale behind setting clocks ahead of standard time, usually by 1 hour during springtime, is to ensure that the clocks show a later sunrise and later sunset — in effect a longer evening daytime.

1 Hour Ahead

At 2 am local time in most parts of the United States Sunday (Monday afternoon in India), Americans set their clocks an hour ahead.

This is called daylight saving time, followed in over 70 countries on various dates.

India does not follow daylight saving time; countries near the Equator do not experience high variations in daytime hours between seasons.

In the US, where it is practised everywhere except in Hawaii and most of Arizona, it starts this year on March 10 and ends on November 3, when clocks will be set back to the original times.

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