On the night to Sunday 31.03.2013, the clocks will jump one hour from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. in all of Germany and Sommerzeit, summertime will start. At the stroke of the hour, clocks at railway stations, airports, traffic controls, radio and television will automatically skip an hour. All mechanical clocks will be adjusted manually. The night will be shorter by one hour, one hour less sleep for everybody. This Sunday will consist of only 23 hours. An unheard event in India, where a day consists of 24 hours all year long, without exception.
However, in the land of the orderly and precise, twice a year, man pulls asunder the orderliness of the divine timekeeper. And he suffers for his audacity. His biological rhythm is thrown out of sync yet again. A 23 hour day is stressful. People complain of tiredness, lack of concentration and experience problems falling asleep. Advice from health gurus abound in plenty: a brisk walk in the fresh air, herbal teas or start adjusting for the Lost Hour three days in advance, by going to bed, say, 20 minutes earlier each day.
Office goers leave for work the following Monday when it is suddenly darker than usual. Those driving through woody areas have to be cautioned against wild animals, such as deer and rams, who are most active during these early hours and are often seen running across the road.
Introduced in 1980 as an energy saving gimmick, the majority is not convinced of its effectiveness. There is no concrete proof the trick works and that it has resulted in significantly reducing energy consumption. Over 70% of the people surveyed, according to a study, would like to do away with the daylight saving time.
So much for now. Have a wonderful 23 hour day!
Signing off from Frankfurt am Main