8. Celebrate St. Pawtrick’s Day to promote animal welfare.
You read that right. St. Pawtrick’s Day is an actual thing—there is an adoption event going on in LA this Saturday and an event to benefit the Humane Society of New York in NYC on Wednesday. So, sign up to volunteer or participate in those if you can by visiting Ruff Patches or visit the Facebook event page to RSVP for St. Pawtrick’s Day in NYC.
Not in either of those cities? Don’t fret! You can be part of your own St. Pawtrick’s Day adventure by donating to the Humane Society and ASPCA, volunteering at your local no-kill shelter, or just hanging out with your attention-seeking pets.
9. Give yourself a green manicure (you too, guys).
Many ladies (and some men!) show their St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a coat or two of green nail polish. Undoubtedly, it’s made with and has a lot of chemicals—which is why it’s so great that there are now tons of environment-safe products on the market. So, not only will you look really good with green nail paint (in punchy colors like Hunter and Ceasefire), but it’ll also be peachy keen for the Earth. Izzitgreen has rounded up a few lovely brands with green shades for the masses, listed below. (And, guys, if you really don’t want to paint your super-masculine nails, go ahead and just buy some for your favorite lady.)
- Scotch Naturals WaterColors in Ceasefire
- Suncoat Water-Based Nail Polish in Apple Green
- Zoya Nail Polish in Tangy and Midori
- American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Hunter and Army Jacket
- Priti NYC in Fishbone Cactus
10. Donate to the Red Cross to help Japan in their rescue and recovery efforts.
Help the earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan by donating money to help rescue and aid them, to help rebuild the destroyed farms and houses across Northern Japan, and so that they can begin rebuilding a large portion of their country. If you haven’t already, here’s your chance. And if you have, here’s your chance to do it again. And if for some reason you need a bit of a nudge, just read this America.gov article from 2005 about how generous Japan was to the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina. For more information, read our recent articles about the Japan earthquake and tsunami here and here.
Last but not least: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Stay safe and may the luck o’ the Irish be with you.