Bulgaria Set to Switch to Daylight Saving Time

Society | March 30, 2013, Saturday // 10:05|  views

The winter and summer times were introduced in Bulgaria in 1979 to optimize the daylight hours. File Photo

Bulgaria is switching to daylight saving time Sunday, turning clocks one hour ahead at 3 am, the National Metrology Center reminds.

At 3 am Bulgarian time on March 31, all clocks will be turned one hour forward until 4 am EET on October 26, 2013. So, all who are in Bulgaria on March 31, should not forget to put the hands of their clocks one hour forward!

The winter and summer daylight savings time were instated in Bulgaria in 1979 while they were introduced for the first time ever in 1908 in Great Britain to optimize the daylight hours.

Under chronology rules adopted by the Bulgarian government, the country switches to Daylight Saving Time for the period from March 27 to the end of October every year.

Since 1981 European Community (EC) Directives have prescribed the start and end dates of summer time in member states. These are set as the last Sundays in March and October respectively.

The main idea behind this switch is to preserve energy by using natural light longer. Yet, the implementation of Daylight Saving Time has been fraught with controversy ever since Benjamin Franklin first conceived of the idea. Even today, regions and countries routinely change their approaches to Daylight Saving Time.

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Tags: National Metrology Center, daylight saving time, Bulgaria


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