I just got a hat for posting on Christmas and it is still 1 PM on Dec 24th here in Connecticut.

What time zone is Stack Exchange Servers in?

So it is not UTC, and by logic if the server times are correct they are least in the middle of India or east of there as it is now Christmas as of 1:10PM EST

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UTC, I think... –  Raven Dreamer Dec 24 '12 at 18:07
    
But even UTC shows 6:09 PM Monday, December 24, 2012 (UTC) Time in Coordinated Universal Time as of 1:09PM EST –  Mike Dec 24 '12 at 18:09
    
He heh he, I had the same question for posting on Dec21. :-) –  ヴァイシャリ Dec 25 '12 at 15:41
    
Are you suggesting that StackExchange has outsourced to India? :-) –  corsiKa Jan 4 '13 at 16:56
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up vote 13 down vote accepted

SE runs on UTC time.

However, the early awarding is intentional according to the devs. They're giving it out +/- 12 hours from the day listed on the hat.

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You can expand the menu with your name at the top and see the server time –  jmfsg Dec 26 '12 at 12:28
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