On the left bank of the Prut River in the west of Ukraine there is a town called Kolomyia. At the ancient times it was considered the Galician settlement. Kolomyia has eventful history, which is not surprising, because as almost 6000 years ago, the representatives of Tripoli culture were living here.
However, the first written reference of Kolomyia dates back to 1241. It was found in the Galicia-Volyn chronicle, which tells of the struggle of the Prince Daniel I of Galicia against the Mongols. Kolomyia in the twentieth century was the center of the national movement, and was considered one of the largest settlements in Galicia.
About the history of a city, no one can say for sure, because there are two versions. According to one, the settlement was at the little river called Myya and when locals were asked where they live, they replied - near Myya, that in Ukrainian sounds like "Kolo Myii." According to the second version, the town got its name from the Croatian word "kolomiye" which used to mean a deep hole filled with water. It is noteworthy that it is the second version is the most common, because here lived white Croats.
Because of its location - at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, Kolomyia is considered the gateway to the mountains. Through this city laid a lot of touristic roots, including rail. Kolomyia is interesting not only for Ukrainians, but also for foreign tourists. It is not only town with a rich history; it is also the economic, commercial and cultural center of the region. Traditional event for Kolomyia is international Hutsul Festival "Kolomyyka." Also, each year in Kolomyia there is organized ethno-rock festival "Tsvt paporot." Interestingly, the stage for performances is located near the original symbol of the event - an old oak tree, which was once struck by lightning. This is the reminder for us that nothing is permanent, except values in life - love, friendship and mutual support. In addition to interesting music, this festival offers various workshops, as well as the demonstration of folk art and local traditions