Sangken generally falls in the month of 'Naun Ha', the fifth month of the year of the Khampti Lunar calendar coinciding with the month of April.It is celebrated in the last days of the old year and the Lunar New Year begins on the day just after the end of the festival.During the 2014 Songkran festivities, 322 deaths and 2,992 injuries occurred from 11–17 April.
About 10,000 people per year die in motorcycle accidents.
The holiday is known for its water festival which is mostly celebrated by young people.
Major streets are closed to traffic, and are used as arenas for water fights.
On this specific occasion, performing water pouring on Buddha statues and the young and elderly is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday.
It represents purification and the washing away of one's sins and bad luck.