In Australia, this year it was officially started at 2.00am (normal time), about 12 days ago, or on Sunday, October 5 to be exact. I was actually in Melbourne around that day, so I adjusted all my devices’ clock at a friend’s place where I stayed. This is my second time having it (the Daylight Saving Time or DST), and so I’m fully aware of it.
However, interestingly on Friday before the starting point of time, when I was just arrived at the Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, that beautiful morning, I read an article on a local newspaper featuring this matter. And one of the resources they used was this similar letter from a few readers, who questioning and even criticising the DST.
One of the letters mentioned – more or less – that DST is actually not a good idea, and that he/she thought it [the DST] is the one that has brought drought problem to some Australian territories – at least based on what happened in his/her own area. He/she then even “blamed” the government for supporting the extension of the time period, making a bigger chance of longer drought season.
And yes, some of Australia’s states are now having a bit longer DST period than before. It starts at the first Sunday in October and ends at the first Sunday in April next year now. Except for Western Australia (WA) that is still preparing for it currently, using the previous year’s time period: from last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March.
Well, maybe especially for my Indonesian friends out there who don’t really understand what this is all about, to put it in a simple way, a DST is actually some kind of “adjustment made by man (the government) by convention, in relation to longer day time around summer season”.
So, that’s why it goes from October to March/April in Australia, while it will be around March to November in some part of the US for example. Also, it [the time] varies from year to year, and a place/state/country can even stop having it in one year, and applies it back the other year.
Oh, and technically, the adjustment of time is made by setting the clock forward for an hour at 2.00am at the day the DST starts, and moving it back one hour at 3.00am at the day the DST ends. It means, now in this period of time, between me in Sydney and you my friends who are in Padang or Pekanbaru, Indonesia, we are know have a four-hour time difference.
Here are some sources about the DST in general on Wikipedia, or on Timeanddate.com with a list of countries around the world that have it this year. Here’s the complete list for Australia’s DST from year to year, from the Bureau of Meteorology. And if you like to know more about people’s responses here in Australia, like the example I write above, here’s one from the News.com.au site on South Australia’s DST (you gotta check the comments).
Picture is taken from Wikipedia; an image of a 2001 U.S. public service announcement.
Note: I planned to put another poll here, for this post, but maybe another time (just write your comment if you have one).