Time to ‘Spring Ahead’

Time to 'Spring Ahead'? That would be simple if it weren't for Brazil's crazy law on time. Learn more at Connectbrazil.com

Time to ‘spring ahead’. Because if you don’t change your clocks, you might be late. Which almost never happens in Brazil.

By Scott Adams

Time’s up! If you’re planning a call to a friend in Rio, or ready to schedule a conference call with a client in São Paulo, take note of America’s annual time to ‘spring ahead’ time change, which takes place this Sunday morning at 2:00 am.

Here in the good ol’ USA, be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour. Except if you live in Arizona (except if you are in Navaho tribal lands).

Time to get confused

Brazil has three time zones.  The time in most of Brazil visited by tourists is three hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-3).

This is true of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, Bahia and Minas Gerais.

This means that  – as of Sunday – most of Brazil will be ahead of Chicago by two hours, New York by one hour and Los Angeles by four hours until early Sunday November 3rd, 2019.

Some Brazilian cities have recently dropped Daylight Savings Time from their calendars completely, including Salvador, Bahia which sited civil unrest as a primary reason.

And 32 municipalities of eastern Mato Grosso have stopped following DST; they remain on Brasília time (UTC-03:00) all year round.

Because the seasons are reversed, Brazil ended its Daylight Savings Time on February 16th. But that’s not always the case.

Brazil’s crazy law

In 2008, a decree (No. 6558 of 9 September 2008) established a permanent rule: Brazil’s DST starts at 00:00 on the third Sunday in October and ends at 00:00 on the third Sunday in February – unless – the latter falls during Carnaval: in this case, the end of DST is postponed by a week.

But don’t worry: this won’t happen again until 2024.

Still confused?  Try this handy ‘real time’ clock link from Connectbrazil. Of course, it still doesn’t mean you’ll be on time for that 10:00 am appointment in Rio de Janeiro…

And one more thing we like to remind you of when it’s time to ‘Spring Ahead’: Mother’s Day is always celebrated on the second Sunday in May, in both Brazil and the United States. This year the date is May 12th, 2019.

You can thank us later, if you have a minute to spare…