The Year of the Snake is almost here! For those interested in celebrating the Lunar New Year with traditional lore and tasty eats, these foods will maximize your fortune, health, and happiness for 2013. Long noodles represent a long life. Golden egg rolls resemble gold bars, and therefore will bring you wealth. A chicken served whole - head, feet, and all - and cut at the table (never before), symbolizes a year of good health. Enjoy them on Sunday and, as Spock says, _"Live long and prosper!"

*Note: These dishes primarily represent Chinese culture, but many others celebrate the Lunar New Year too! For a taste of Tết (Vietnamese) or Seollal (Korean), good dishes to try are bánh chưng and tteokguk respectively._

"Photo by John Kernick"

Pork and Chive Dumplings (Jiaozi) from EpicuriousPork and Chive Dumplings (Jiaozi) from Epicurious Photo by John Kernick

"Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner"

Long Life Noodles from My RecipesLong Life Noodles from My Recipes Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

"Photo by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt"

Crispy Pork and Cabbage Egg Rolls from Serious EatsCrispy Pork and Cabbage Egg Rolls from Serious Eats Photo by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Steamed Whole Fish from Martha StewartSteamed Whole Fish from Martha Stewart

"Photo by Mikkel Vang"

White Cut Chicken from EpicuriousWhite Cut Chicken from Epicurious Photo by Mikkel Vang

"Photo by Alexandra Grablewski"

Chicken and Cashews in Lettuce Cups from Serious EatsChicken and Cashews in Lettuce Cups from Serious Eats Photo by Alexandra Grablewski

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Chinese Tea Eggs from Food.comChinese Tea Eggs from Photo by kolibri

"Photo by Jose Picayo"

Shrimp and Broccoli Fried Rice from My RecipesShrimp Fried Rice from My Recipes Photo by Jose Picayo

Shrimp Potstickers from Martha StewartShrimp Potstickers from Martha Stewart

"Photo by Garrett McCord"

Chinese Almond Cookies from Vanilla Garlic via Simply RecipesChinese Almond Cookies from Simply Recipes Photo by Garrett McCord

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