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Nutella Fans, Rejoice: You Have Another Sweet Festival

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Nutella nuts (we use the term affectionately) are very passionate, but for years, the devotion has been a private one. Now, long-held dreams of joining hands in adoration of the creamy spread are becoming a reality.

On April 9, Nutella-Palooza will be held in Adelaide, Australia. The six-hour tribute to the chocolate-hazelnut treat is open to anyone with a sweet tooth and the means to make the trip. (But leave the dogs at home. Four-legged friends are not allowed near the bountiful chocolate reserves.)

The first event of its kind for Australia—but not the world, just ask the people of Malta—Nutella-Palooza is described on the event website as a "celebration of all things Nutella and chocolate." Organized by a group of fans and supported by the Splash Adelaide program, the free event will be held at Bonython Park. In addition to food trucks, chocolate stalls, and demonstrations on how to cook with Nutella, the event will also feature art installations, soon-to-be-announced guests, and music for the entire family.

An Instagram account has been launched for the festival, and is stocked with drool-worthy images of Nutella covering everything from ice cream to custard cronuts. It's a good way to amp yourself up or join in from the comfort of your couch.

[h/t: Mashable]

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11-Headed Buddha Statue to Be Revealed in Japan for First Time in 33 Years
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Buddha statues come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. The various poses and hand gestures of the Buddha represent different virtues, and any items he happens to be holding—say, a lotus flower or a bowl—have some religious significance.

But not all Buddha relics are created equal, as evidenced by the reverence paid to one particularly holy statue in Japan. The 11-headed figure is so sacred that it has been hidden away for 33 years—until now. Lonely Planet reports that the Buddha statue will be revealed on April 23 during the Onsen Festival in Kinosaki Onsen, a coastal town along the Sea of Japan that’s famous for its hot springs. The statue is kept inside Onsen-ji Temple, a religious site which dates back to 738 CE.

Al altar inside Onsen-ji temple

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The big Buddha reveal, however, will be held elsewhere. For that, festivalgoers will need to ride a cable car to the top of Mount Taishi, where they’ll catch a glimpse of Juichimen Kanzeon Bosatsu, a name which means “11-faced goddess of compassion and mercy.” It will be hard to miss—at 7 feet tall, the statue would tower over most NBA players. Considered a natural treasure, it’s displayed in three-year blocks once every 33 years. So if you miss the initial reveal, you have until 2021 to catch a glimpse.

“The people of Kinosaki are very excited about this event, especially the younger generation," Jade Nunez, an international relations coordinator for the neighboring city of Toyooka, told Lonely Planet Travel News. "Those who are under 30 years old have never seen the statue in its entirety, so the event is especially important to them."

After paying their respects to the Buddha, festival attendees can take a dip in one of three hot spring bathhouses that will be free to use during the Onsen Festival.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Miami to Host Inaugural Canine Film Festival
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There’s an annual festival dedicated to internet cat videos, so it only makes sense that dog-lovers would create their own film event. As the Miami New-Times reports, the Magic City will host the inaugural Canine Film Festival on July 15 and 16. The fundraising event encourages movie lovers to enjoy submitted flicks with their furry friends.

The festival will take place at the Cinépolis Coconut Grove and Hotel Indigo in Miami Lakes. Festivities kick off on the first day with “A Day at the Movies With Your Dog,” featuring film screenings attended by dogs and humans alike. Other events scheduled throughout the weekend include a dog fashion show, dog yoga, silent auctions, a canine costume contest, an after-party at Miami Lakes' Hotel Indigo, and an awards ceremony.

Admission costs $10 to $1000, and 50 percent of ticket proceeds will benefit local animal rescues and shelters. For more information, visit the Canine Film Festival's website.

[h/t Miami New Times]

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