In the city itself, there are more than 200 different nationalities living harmoniously together, each with their own traditions and rituals, which, over time, have been woven into one intricate pattern. Mixed marriages are totally not uncommon here and bilingualism is in the order of things, which is reflected in the communication between the citizens themselves, as well as in the local press. While strolling around the city, you will see signs with a curious blend of names for streets, villages, and rivers originating from the Russian, Tatar, and Kazakh languages.
Here you will find a Russian orthodox church next to a mosque. There is also a Buddhist temple on the banks of the Volga and nobody is surprised to see it. Moreover, during the period of religious persecution, Muslims did not allow the orthodox Cathedral of St. Vladimir—which still operates in the city today—to be destroyed in 1939.
Regardless of their religious denomination, the residents of Astrakhan are used to celebrating holidays together, whether it’s the Tatar Sabantuy, the Russian Maslenitsa festival, the Muslim Nowruz, or the Christian Easter.