Serena Williams revealed that she won’t be celebrating her daughter Olympia’s first birthday in September due to religious beliefs.
‘Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays,’ the 36-year-old tennis pro said. ‘We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, we don’t do that.’
Practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses do not observe holidays they believe to have a pagan origin—such as Christmas, Easter, and birthdays.
According to an interview with Vogue in 2017, Serena hasn’t been an active participant in the faith until recently.
‘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 said.