Daylight Saving Time went into effect on Sunday at 3am in Cyprus as public opinion around the world is still divided whether there is value in switching back and forth.
According to the DST annual tradition in Cyprus, which is also currently an official EU requirement, clocks had to be moved forward one hour on Sunday, March 31 until October 27. Daylight savings is observed by many countries around the world, as clocks spring forward for summer time and fall back for winter every year.
But critics of the time-change system are gaining ground, with the EU most likely heading towards abolishing DST altogether.
Only Cyprus and Greece voted in favour of keeping the current system in the EU, while an effort in the US to scrap DST altogether is also on the rise
If a current legislation proposal in the European parliament becomes law, member states would need to choose by April 2020 to stick permanently either to summer time (daylight saving time) or winter time (standard time), a directive they would have to implement in 2021.
Last year in an online unofficial referendum, in which the European Commission sought input from ordinary EU citizens, people voted overwhelmingly to stick to one time and abolish the time-change requirement. The final poll was 84% in favour and 16% against.
Only small majorities in Cyprus and Greece voted in favour of keeping the current system, while critics said the largest number of people who voted online were Germans suggesting the results were not properly balanced.
DST was implemented in the United States in 1918 as a wartime effort to save an hour's worth of fuel each day to light lamps and coal to heat homes. It went through some chaotic arrangements on and off until 1966 when the Uniform Time Act made DST consistent nationwide.
Many countries or specific districts within countries around the world do not participate in DST, while an ongoing effort in the US is also on the rise calling for scrapping the time-change tradition altogether.