In Russia, giving somebody flowers might mean something different than you would expect. For example if you give your girlfriend yellow flowers, they will probably think youre breaking up with them. According to an old Russian tale, if you give your spouse yellow flower it means that you want to break up with them but still remain friends. Another example is that you should never give your spouse carnations. Carnations are only used in Russia on May 9th. May 9th is Victory Day, and people place carnations on the grave of fallen soldiers. Using carnations on any other occasion is considered disrespectful.