Jehovah's Witness Serena Williams will not be celebrating daughter Alexis Olympia's first birthday
Williams' husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who although did not grow up in an overly religious household, is following the same religious beliefs as his wife now
Its been almost a year since tennis legend Serena Williams gave birth to a lovely little baby girl, Alexis Olympia, and the little one is all set to turn one next week. However, Williams has confirmed that there will not be any over-the-top birthday celebrations for her daughter, due to the family's religious beliefs.
The tennis superstar has made a statement confirming that there will be no birthday celebrations on her daughter's first birthday, due to her beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.
Williams was attending a press conference for the US Open when she was asked about her plans for her daughter's first birthday. According to Metro, the reporter asked Williams, "Is there a birthday party planned?"
Williams replied, "Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that." It is further believed that Williams' husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, who although did not grow up in an overly religious household, has adopted his wife's religious beliefs now.
In a conversation with Vogue last year, Williams had apparently said, "Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it." She added, "Alexis didn’t grow up going to any church, but he’s really receptive and even takes the lead. He puts my needs first."
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God is the Creator and Supreme Being, and reject the Trinity doctrine.
People with such beliefs do not usually celebrate religious holidays like Christmas and Easter, nor do they indulge in observing birthdays or national holidays, as they feel a lot of these customs and rituals have pagan origins and do not celebrate God.