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Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Daylight Saving Time (DST):

Lebanon saw mass confusion after its government at the last minute delayed the start of daylight saving time by a month.

  • Lebanon usually sets its clocks forward an hour on the last Sunday in March.
  • Prime Minister said this year, the clocks would be reset on 21 April, without citing any reason.
  • It is the practice of turning the clock ahead as warmer weather approaches and back as it becomes colder again.
  • The practice was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.
  • India does not follow daylight saving time as countries near the Equator do not experience high variations in daytime hours between seasons.
  • However, people of the Northeast have demanded a separate time zone to make up for the loss of daylight hours due to the longitudinal breadth of India.
  • Several countries, including Australia, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States, adopted Daylight Saving Time during World War I to conserve fuel by reducing the need for artificial light.
  • A group of Canadians in Port Arthur (Ontario) were the first to adopt the practice of setting their clocks an hour ahead in 1908.
  • Among the biggest disadvantages is the disruption of the body clock or circadian rhythm leading to health issues.