Church services will begin one hour earlier this Sunday. It will not be due to an act of God, only to the annual beginning of daylight saving time.
In accordance with federal law, clocks across the country will be set forward one hour Sunday morning at 2 a.m., bringing later daylight in a national ritual that marks the coming of spring.
The Monday morning commute will be darker than before, but as a consolation people can enjoy a longer afternoon—perhaps for a nap to catch up on lost sleep time.
This annual upset in daily rhythms began during World War I, was repealed and then reapplied at various times since then.
An early goal of daylight saving time was to conserve energy use by exploiting an additional hour of sunlight. The use of daylight saving time was expanded following the 1970s energy crisis and has generally remained in use in North America and Europe since that time.
Equatorial regions of the world do not participate, since changes in daylight there from one season to the next are negligible.
That extra hour of afternoon light will be snatched away in November, when daylight saving time ends.
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