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Clocking the difference

Eurest | Geographical spread |  26 March 2015


You might be missing that extra hour in bed about now, but you certainly won’t be alone. Did you know that around 70 countries across the globe have also changed their clocks forward?

However, it’s set to be one less this year with Chile deciding to stop changing its clocks forward for good. The Chileans made this choice so people can save on the energy they’d otherwise use to light their houses. Instead, they can make the most of the natural daylight — which is where the name Daylight Savings Time (DST) originally comes from.

It’s interesting how different countries adapt their time zones to see more sunlight, so we’ve taken a look at how they do it around the world.

The Brazilian government standardised DST in 2008, but still only 10 of the 26 states across the country actually use it. Those that do tend to push their clocks forward on the third Sunday of February — unless it’s party time. When this date coincides with the famous Rio Carnival, the country extends DST for another week.

There are plenty of time discrepancies across the bottom of the world. For instance, the Antarctic Peninsula uses the same time zone as Chile, while the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station keeps its clocks in check with New Zealand. That’s a difference of 18 hours. However, most areas of Antarctica still put the clocks forward too (at least the small number of people actually inhabiting the icy continent do…).

Unlike Chile, the debate in this country revolves around moving the clocks further forward by an extra hour. Not everyone is convinced about the dark winter mornings, but the original switch to British Summer Time in 1916 wasn’t hugely popular either. There were several protests at the time, but we’ve gotten used to it over the decades, so who knows how it might change again?

So changing the clocks twice a year is a common occurrence for most people, but it’s far from being the same everywhere. We know how important it is to understand different cultures and customs. It helps us try new ideas and create different dishes. So we use this knowledge and experience to bring your people a great culinary experience every time.

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