Spring is on its way here, which can only mean one thing: Daylight Savings Time (DST 2013) begins this weekend. Most people across the United States are preparing to lose an hour of sleep due to the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Daylight Savings Time 2013 officially begins this weekend on Sunday, March 10th, 2013 at 2:00 am. So that means, with the start of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday morning, people will be turning their clocks ahead one full hour at 2:00 am, following the old Daylight Savings Time mantra “spring forward, fall back.”
In preparation for spring, we must turn our clocks ahead one hour this weekend. While the lack of sleep does not always resonate well with people, the time change is a good thing because it means we will get longer daylight hours in the upcoming evenings, inching one step closer to summer.
Daylight Savings Time was originally proposed by Benjamin Franklin as a way to save candles, but modernly, Daylight Savings Time officially began in 1918. Then, it was off until 1942, when it was reinstalled during World War II as a way to conserve energy during the war. Following the war, it was cancelled in 1945.
According to Discovery News, the Uniform Time Act of 1966, however, made Daylight Savings Time a standard practice, delineating Daylight Savings Time to start on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday in October.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 changed those dates to the second Sunday of March and the first Sunday in November each year at 2 a.m. We now currently observe Daylight Savings Time on these dates.
However, it’s not for everyone. Certain areas of the United States do not observe Daylight Savings Time, including Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
For more a fun take on the observance of Daylight Savings Time, check out these hilarious memes about Daylight Savings Time below, and don’t forget to turn your clocks forward on Sunday morning at 2:00 am, folks!