By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Serena Williams has noted that she will not be celebrating her daughter, Alexis Olympia’s birthday this year, or any year at all.
The tennis star’s daughter will be one on September 1.
At a Saturday press conference surrounding the U.S. Open, the 36-year-old explained why she and husband Alexis Ohanian aren’t planning a party for their daughter.
“Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays,” said Williams. “We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.”
According to the official website for Jehovah’s Witnesses, followers of the church don’t believe in celebrating birthdays “because we believe that such celebrations displease God.”
“Although the Bible does not explicitly forbid celebrating birthdays, it does help us to reason on key features of these events and understand God’s view of them,” the website said.
One of the reasons for Jehovah’s Witnesses to avoid birthdays is they believe the celebrations have pagan roots.
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