After a two week period of being three hours ahead of most of Europe, an decision reportedly made to help people vote in daylight during last Sunday’s General election, but one that resulted in confusion across the country and beyond over ‘smart’ applications changing automatically, a social media frenzy, and reports of confusion even making it to The Independent newspaper (in which we got a brief mention), the clocks will finally change this Sunday.
Fall back for winter
Yes, The clocks in Turkey finally ‘fall back’ an hour on Sunday 8th November. Turkey will end Daylight Saving Time (DST) two weeks later than normal with clocks turned back one hour from 4:00 (4 am) to 3:00 (3 am) local time this Sunday.
For many people this will them to manually alter the time on their phones and computers – something that presumably will have to be done of a much larger scale across the country at airports, banks, etc.
But nevertheless, it does mean that the country will now once again be sharing its time zone (UTC+2 / UTC+3) with countries like Finland, Ukraine, Romania, and Greece.
It also means that for Turkish Muslims, the times for the call to prayer will also revert to the country’s printed calendars.