Well, it’s that time of year again. On Mar. 11, 2012, it will be time for most of us to turn our clocks ahead one hour. A practice that got started in the United States during World War I, Daylight Saving Time is not only observed in the United States but also other countries around the world.

In the United Kingdom and several countries throughout Europe, Daylight Saving Time is referred to as “summer time.” According to Wikipedia, George Vernon Hudson suggested the idea of Daylight Saving Time in 1895. The reasoning behind the practice is that it allows for more daylight in the evening hours during the summer when the sun rises earlier and more daylight in the morning hours during the winter when the sun rises later.

Only two states in the United States – Hawaii and Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Nation) – don’t observe Daylight Saving Time. Besides Europe, Daylight Saving Time is observed in Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay and parts of southern Brazil in South America, and New Zealand and parts of Australia. Most countries in Africa and Asia do not observe it.

Some areas of Canada not using Daylight Saving Time include, Fort St. John, Charlie Lake, Taylor and Dawson Creek in British Columbia, Creston in the East Kootenays, and most of Saskatchewan (except Denare Beach and Creighton).

All this time change information could prove helpful to those who have plans to expand their businesses to the global marketplace.

Don’t forget to spring forward this weekend!