Brazil: What It Means When We 'Spring Ahead!'

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 03/08/2013 - 08:38 pm

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What is it: Time to ‘spring ahead’.

Why is it important: If you don’t change your clock, you might be late, which almost never happens in Brazil.


Time’s up! If you’re planning a call home to mom, or ready to schedule a conference call with a client in São Paulo, take note of America’s annual ‘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.

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 5th, 2017.

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 19th. But that’s not always the case.

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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 in this decade.

Still confused?  Try this handy ‘real time’ clock link from Brazil Club. 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 about mom: 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 7th, 2017.

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

Brazil Club would like to thank David Castillo Dominici and for their assistance with this article.