The end of daylight savings time – and of the clock change?
On the last Sunday of October, summer time ends in Central Europe.
Daylight savings time has been binding since 1996. However, the clock shift has been introduced almost everywhere since 1980. And in the following almost four decades since then, not only the adjustment of the clocks, but also the discussion has become a solid ritual. In spring and autumn, political debates about the pros and cons, humorous surveys and contrarian studies by sleep doctors confidently mark the beginning and end of the summer season. Because the criticism of the time change always remained without consequences, one could have considered the division of the year to be a calendar necessity, almost a natural law.
The last time
But now it looks like the summer time’s days in the EU are numbered, it was virtually voted out. As early as next year, there will probably only be the, no, not winter, but longer normal time. And that of course means the end of the described rituals. But it also draws our attention to another ritual: the last time. When we hear that, we think about loss, farewell, and sadness in autumn: the last time on the boat this year, one last walk before the move. But the last time may also have its charms: the last math exam in life or the very last parent-teacher-evening. Or: the very last cigarette. These are – just like all the first times – all events that compose the passing of time. Events which we’ll remember for a long time. We’ll recall the month, the day and the hour, but surely not the exact minute and second. Maybe, in the future, we’ll say twice a year: “Do you remember the clock shift?”
In any case, time will be changed again this year: one hour back on the night of October 26 to October 27. The adjustment itself takes only a small moment, but gives you an opportunity to think about the past summer and the upcoming normality. And maybe it’s the last time.