Venezuelans turned their clocks back half an hour on Sunday, putting them in the company of people in other nations that offset time in half-hour increments from Greenwich Mean Time, like Afghanistan, India, Iran and Myanmar.
"This is a public health measure that benefits the health of Venezuelan men and women and, above all, boys and girls," the government's official news agency said.
The time change, which will remain in effect year-round, was initially announced in August, but confusion ensued as to whether clocks would be moved ahead or behind. Senior officials here recently confirmed that clocks would be turned back 30 minutes, arguing that exposing citizens to more sunlight would improve their metabolism.
Venezuela will now be in its own time zone, only a half-hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time.