Thais give digital spin to 'floating basket' festival

STORY: Thailand is innovating to preserve the ancient Loy Krathong festival

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Typically, festivities involve sending flower baskets ('krathongs') down waterways

to make wishes and pay their respects to water spirits

This year, participants are sending virtual rafts floating down digital rivers

to reduce pollution as debris drifts into Thailand's waterways

(Yada Chaiyapondetcharoen, Festival attendee)

"My daughter is starting to grow up, she already understands environmental conservation. My son is still young, but he will still feel the difference between last year when he floated the actual krathong. Maybe this year, he will understand the importance of conservation after digitally floating the krathong."