Meaning of the Winter Time
In fact, winter time is the normal time and it lasts for five months. During summer time, this standard time is deviated from. Winter time starts on the last Sunday of October and ends on the last Sunday of March.
In the past, there was never a mention of winter time. There was just a standard time. This standard time is introduced in the Netherlands from 1909. It was not until the Second World War that there was a summer time and therefore also a winter time. The 1973 oil crisis caused almost every country to use a summer and a winter time. There is still discussion about daylight saving time/winter time. Some pets or domestic animals on the farm can be affected because they are given food or drink at a certain time. These animals are then still in the rhythm of summer time, while the owner has switched to winter time. Animals in the wild are of course not bothered by this because they do not always get food at e.g. 07.00. They just gradually move with the sunrise and sunset.
Every year people are in doubt whether the clock should go forward or back. In winter time, the clocks go back one hour, so you can sleep an extra hour. With the summer time, the clocks go forward one, so you sleep one hour less. There are several mnemonics to remember this. A mnemonic is: “when it goes back again, the clock goes back one hour and when it goes forward again, the clock goes forward one hour”. Going backwards means it’s getting colder and moving forward means it’s getting warmer.