# Java How do I get if a date is before the first Sunday of November?

I am doing a compound if statement that calculates whether a certain date is a daylight savings date, but I have become stuck when trying to find a way to calculate if the date is before the first Sunday of November or if it is after. Could someone help me?

Here is my code right now:

``public class Lab5 {/*** Return true if the given date/time is daylight savings.* Daylight savings time begins 2am the second Sunday of March and ends 2am the first Sunday of November.** @param month - represents the month with 1 = January, 12 = December* @param date - represents the day of the month, between 1 and 31* @param day - represents the day of the week with 1 = Sunday, 7 = Saturday* @param hour - represents the hour of the day with 0 = midnight, 12 = noon** Precondition: the month is between 1 and 12, the date is between 1 and 31, the day is between 1 and 7* and the hour is between 0 and 23.*/public static boolean isDayLightSavings (int month, int date, int day, int hour) {if (month == 1 || month == 2 || month == 12)return false;else if (month == 11) {if (day == 1 && hour < 2 && date < 8)return true;elsereturn false;}elsereturn true;}}``

Edit: I believe that my question wasn't clear enough. I know how to find the first Sunday of November

``else if (month == 11) {if (day == 1 && hour < 2 && date < 8)``

what I seem to be unable to do is find whether my date is before or after this first Sunday of November. And I need to do it using an if statement, not preloaded libraries, methods or classes.

``````public class Lab5 {

/**
* Return true if the given date/time is daylight savings.
* Daylight savings time begins 2am the second Sunday of March and ends 2am the first     Sunday of November.
*
* @param month - represents the month with 1 = January, 12 = December
* @param date - represents the day of the month, between 1 and 31
* @param day - represents the day of the week with 1 = Sunday, 7 = Saturday
* @param hour - represents the hour of the day with 0 = midnight, 12 = noon
*
* Precondition: the month is between 1 and 12, the date is between 1 and 31, the day is between 1 and 7
*                and the hour is between 0 and 23.
*/
public static boolean isDayLightSavings (int month, int date, int day, int hour) {
if (month == 1 || month == 2 || month == 12)
return false;
else if (month == 11) {
if (date > 7)  // after 7th, it would be second week'day' of the month
return false;
else if ((date - day) >= 0) {
// As we ruled out all dates above 7, we would get only 1-7
// here. Now, lets take 3rd as Monday, date == 3, day == 2
// so we know that 2 is Sunday. that means if date - day is positive or zero,
// Sunday is already past. one border case is, when Sunday falls on the date entered and we
// we need to consider the first 2 hours of the day
if((day == 1) && (hours < 2))
return true;
else
return false;
}
else {
// we will come here if date - day is less than zero
// example, 3rd came on Thursday, 3 - 5 = -2 and so
// first sunday is not yet past
return true;
}

}
else
return true;
}
}
``````

Instead of re-inventing the wheel, I would suggest you to use `joda time`, which takes daylight savings time (DST) into account.

http://joda-time.sourceforge.net/faq.html