Date and time notation in Colombia

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There are several forms for date and time notation in Colombia.

Date[edit]

In Colombia, the standard dd/mm/yyyy is widely used, also Roman numbers are commonly used to represent the month as in:

31/XII/2008

Also long date format is used, example:

31 de diciembre de 2008 (31 December 2008)

Time[edit]

Colombia uses a 12-hour format for clocks, but a format specifying the place of the sun is more commonly used for informal communication. This is because there are no time seasons, so that sunset and dawn are at approximately the same time every day. For example:

Time Span/Example Media Noche (Midnight) Madrugada (Early Morning) Mañana (Morning) Medio Día (Noon) Tarde (Afternoon) Noche (Night)
Time Span 12:00 am – 12:59 am 1 am - 5:59 am 6:00 am – 11:59 am 12:00 pm – 12:59 pm 1:00 pm – 6:59 pm 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Example Media noche 3:20 de la madrugada 8:25 de la mañana Medio día 6:30 de la tarde 7:30 de la noche